Former NHLer Dave 'Tiger' Williams to headline Neepawa Sports Dinner

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By: Lanny Stewart

myWestman.ca

Former NHLer Dave 'Tiger' Williams will headline the fifth annual Neepawa Sports Dinner in October. 

Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 1974 NHL Draft, Williams, from Weyburn Sask., spent 14 seasons in the pros and was known for his feisty play, as the forward accumulated more than 3,500 penalty minutes during his career.

In 1980, Williams was traded by the Leafs to the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that saw Billy Derlago, a Beulah Man. native, get shipped to Toronto. Williams would also spend time with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1988.

The organizers for this year's event -- the Town of Neepawa and Neepawa Minor Hockey -- opted for Tiger because of Darryl Sittler, a former teammate of Williams and keynote speaker at the town's first dinner several years ago.

"Darryl had mentioned to me and to others that Tiger would be very entertaining," said Amanda Novak, leisure services manager for that Town of Neepawa. Darryl's humorous old time hockey stories that he shared that evening often included Tiger -- and lets' face it, everyone loves a tough guy," she continued.

The dinner will also include comedian Tim Nutt, who has had a lengthy career in the industry including stops at the Just For Laughs in Montreal and Toronto, the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Hubcap Comedy Festival. He began doing stand-up comedy in Vancouver in 1993 and is now a full-time comedian who resides in Kelowna, B.C.

"I did some research on Tim and watched some live performances on youtube and he is hilarious," said Novak. 

The fifth annual Sports Dinner in Neepawa takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Yellowhead Centre Hall. Cocktails at 5 p.m. with the dinner scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 each. If interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact Novak at 204-476-7614 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jamie Davie, the Neepawa Minor Hockey representative at 204-476-7616. You can also email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Since its inception, the dinner has had a plethora of interesting speakers, including George Chuvalo, who spoke at last year's event. Chuvalo is a former Canadian heavyweight boxing champion who was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Prior to that, Jon Montgomery, a gold medal winning skeleton racer at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, spoke at the third annual dinner, while legendary Canadian curler Kevin Martin spoke at the second annual event. 

In photo: Dave 'Tiger' Williams riding his stick during a charity old timers hockey event. 

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