Former Toronto Maple Leafs player Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams is facing a charge of sexual assault related to an alleged incident aboard a military flight in 2017.
According to the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, Williams was a passenger on a flight last December as part of a morale visit to deployed Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Latvia when the alleged incident occurred.
No details of the incident have been revealed except that Williams, 64, has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of assault.
While the charge was laid by the military, the case is scheduled to proceed through the civilian court system in Ottawa.
Williams was released from custody on a promise to appear in court. A hearing date has not yet been set.
“We were just made aware of the charges against Mr. Williams, a member of our alumni association,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan.
“First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the incredible courage of this woman for coming forward. As an organization, we stand firmly against all or any forms of physical and emotional assault. With so little information available to us at this moment, and out of respect for the necessary legal process, we will refrain from commenting any further at this time.”
Williams was one of the most popular players with the Maple Leafs from 1974 to 1980. His NHL career also included stops in Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles and Hartford.