Webster in 1969
October 4, 1948|
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
April 10, 2020 (aged 71)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
California Golden Seals
New England Whalers (WHA)
19th overall, 1966|
Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1966 NHL Entry Draft, Webster played in a total of 102 National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Webster scored 30 goals for the Red Wings in the 1970-71 season, but only managed 3 goals in 12 games of the 1971-72 season. He also played 352 games for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association.
His first head coaching job came in 1986, when he became coach of the New York Rangers following the firing of Ted Sator. After only five games, Webster fell ill with what was later diagnosed as an inner-ear infection that left him unable to fly. He returned as head coach on January 5 for home games only; general manager Phil Esposito split coaching duties with assistants Eddie Giacomin and Wayne Cashman for road games. He was cleared to fly again in January, but suffered a relapse during a game against the Edmonton Oilers, and was told to stay off planes for at least three months. Esposito named himself head coach for the remainder of the season. When it became apparent that Webster would not be able to return to the bench full-time the following season, he resigned on April 30, 1987.
Webster's next head coaching stint was with the Los Angeles Kings, from May 31, 1989, to May 4, 1992. He led the Kings to their first and only regular season division title in franchise history, in the 1990-91 season.
While coaching the Kings in a game against Detroit on November 16, 1991, Webster became upset at what he felt was a blown call by referee Kerry Fraser. The Kings were assessed an extra penalty, and Webster took a stick and threw it on the ice, hitting one of Fraser's skates. Webster was suspended for 12 games.
Webster died on April 10, 2020 at the age of 71; he had been reported to have brain cancer.
Regular season and playoffs
|1965–66||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA-Jr.||43||16||27||43||16||6||2||3||5||0|
|1966–67||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA-Jr.||47||19||26||45||26||13||14||8||22||4|
|1967–68||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA-Jr.||54||50||64||114||55||19||13||13||26||20|
|1967–68||Niagara Falls Flyers||MC||—||—||—||—||—||10||7||11||18||10|
|1968–69||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||44||29||42||71||31||12||10||8||18||19|
|1969–70||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||49||29||35||64||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||30||37||67||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||5||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||California Golden Seals||NHL||7||2||1||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||New England Whalers||WHA||77||53||50||103||89||15||12||14||26||6|
|1973–74||New England Whalers||WHA||64||43||27||70||28||3||5||0||5||7|
|1974–75||New England Whalers||WHA||66||40||24||64||52||3||0||2||2||0|
|1975–76||New England Whalers||WHA||55||33||50||83||24||17||10||9||19||6|
|1976–77||New England Whalers||WHA||70||36||49||85||43||5||1||1||2||0|
|1977–78||New England Whalers||WHA||20||15||5||20||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||12||4||5||9||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|NYR||1986-87||16||5||7||4||(76)||4th in Patrick||(interim; returned to assistant coaching role)|
|LA||1989-90||80||34||39||7||75||4th in Smythe||Lost in Second Round|
|LA||1990-91||80||46||24||10||102||1st in Smythe||Lost in Second Round|
|LA||1991-92||80||35||31||14||84||2nd in Smythe||Lost in First Round|
- Davis, Jefferson (2000). The Three Stars and Other Selections: More Amazing Hockey Lists for Trivia Lovers. Canada: ECW Press. p. 180. ISBN 9781550224276.
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- Moran, Malcolm (1987-04-28). "Webster Leaves Ranger Job". The New York Times.
- Wolff, Craig (1987-01-29). "Esposito Names Himself Coach". The New York Times.
- Yannis, Alex (1987-01-26). "Pro Hockey; Esposito Will Fill in Again for Webster". The New York Times.
- Elliott, Helene (10 April 2020). "Tom Webster, former Kings coach and standout WHA player, dies at 71". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
- Steve Springer (November 28, 1991). "NHL Suspends Kings' Webster
Hockey: Stick-throwing incident will cost him 12 games, the longest penalty ever given a coach by the league". Times Staff Writer. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- Gilbertson, Wes (10 April 2020). "Flames mourn death of longtime scout Tom Webster". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- WHA Hall of Fame Members
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
| Head coach of the New York Rangers
| Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings