Many NHL players know when it’s time to call it a career and retire in a dignified way. Others go out kicking and screaming. These players have a profile that shows them playing for one or two teams for ten to fifteen years then playing a scattered amount of games with several teams over two to four years.
We all know with what teams the well known veterans of the game played their best hockey. Can we remember the last team they played for? Test and expand your hockey trivia knowledge with these trivia questions.
Q. With what team did Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams play his final NHL game?
A. The all-time NHL career penalty minute leader played the best of his NHL days with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. Williams also played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings. He ended his NHL career with 26 games during the 1987-88 season with the Hartford Whalers.
Williams was more than a tough guy. The Tiger could put the puck in the net, as well. Over his 962 regular season NHL games, Dave scored 241 goals to go with his 3,966 PIM. In 1980-81 with the Vancouver Canucks, Williams became the first player to score 30 or more and sit 300 or more penalty minutes, all in a single season. In 77 games that season, he scored 35 and sat 343.
Q. With what team did Eddie Shack end his entertaining NHL career with?
A. Shack was best known as ‘The Entertainer’ with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960’s. Eddie also played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. However, it was a 26 game return stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1974-75 season that marked the end of Shack’s career. It was Shack’s second go around with Toronto after leaving the team after the 1966-67 season.
Q. Paul Coffey is the only NHL defenseman to compete with the great Bobby Orr’s offensive records. What was the last NHL team that Coffey played for?
A. Paul Coffey starred with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes. Coffey finished off his NHL career playing 18 games for the Boston Bruins during the 2000-01 season.
Q. Which team did Bobby Hull end his NHL career with?
A. The Golden Jet played from 1957 to 1972 with the Chicago Blackhawks before becoming the key player of the World Hockey Association. After seven seasons with the Jets in the WHA, Hull came along with the team for the 1979-80 season as Winnipeg was one of four WHA teams to merge into the NHL. Hull was moved to the Hartford Whalers midway through the season where he played nine games along with another hockey legend playing his final season, Gordie Howe.