The Summit in 1974

Club 1974:
New England Whalers

Tom Webster
# 8, Team CANADA 1974

Club: New England Whalers
Position: RW  Shoots: Right
Height: 5-10 Weight: 170
Born: 10/4/1948 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Tom Webster was a player who scored at every level of hockey he played. He was a 50- goal scorer with the junior A Niagara Falls Flyers, and was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1966. Unable to crack their lineup he joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1970-71 and scored 30 goals in his first full NHL season. He injured his back early the following season and that prompted Detroit to trade him to the California Golden Seals. After only 7 games with the Seals his back forced him out of the lineup for the rest of the year.

In the summer of 1972 he joined the rush of NHL players who began jumping to the new World Hockey Association. Tom signed with the New England Whalers and showed everyone who had written him off due to his bad back that they were wrong! He scored 53 goals in 1972-73 and was a key member of the Whalers championship team that year. Tom would continue to score and is among the top ten scorers in WHA history. His back injury came back in 1977-78 forcing him into an early retirement.

Tom was named to Team Canada 1974, and despite a solid training camp, did not make the starting line-up. He made his first appearance in the Summit in Game 3, where he played well, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Canada's 8-5 loss. Tom then sat out game 4. He scored a goal in Canada's 8-3 victory over Finland in an exhibition game played in Helsinki. He played in game 5 and like most of his teammates that night played poorly. After sitting out game 6, Billy Harris put Tom onto his big line with Bobby Hull, and Andre Lacroix for game 7. Webster responded with a crucial goal that night and played solidly in game 8 as well. In Team Canada's final game played in Prague against the Czechoslovakian Nationals, Tom scored Canada's only goal in a 3-1 defeat.


  Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 102 33 42 75 61
NHL Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
WHA Reg. Season 352 220 205 425 241
WHA Playoffs 43 28 26 54 19


- Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1968-80
- Pro hockey clubs:
NHL: Boston, Detroit, California, Detroit; WHA: New England
- AVCO Trophy (1): 1973
- WHA awards:
WHA All Star (2nd Team) 1973


GP Goals Assists Points PIM
4 2 1 3 6

  Scoring History
Game 3212:40Goal 
Game 3304:01Assist 
Game 7105:42Goal 

  Penalties History
Game 5204:14slashing
Game 8107:57roughing




The Summit in 1974