2017 Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Forward - Toledo Goaldiggers [1974-1975, 1976-1979, 1980-1984]
July 15, 1953 - January 9, 2006
Archival video footage courtesy of WGTE Public Media
When you think of “one of the most beloved figures” in Toledo hockey history, Paul Tantardini immediately comes to mind.
The National Hockey League’s California Golden Seals assigned the left winger to the expansion Goaldiggers in 1974, and, along with Doug Mahood and Willie Trognitz, formed a line dubbed “Murder, Inc.” for its physical style of play.
The Guelph, Ontario, native racked up 338 penalty minutes in just 38 regular season games for that club - known as the ‘Miracle on Main Street’ – which won the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup.
Tantardini went on to play 471 games during eight seasons in Toledo and was a member of all four of the Goaldiggers’ Turner Cup teams. He posted 134 goals, 235 assists, 369 points and a whopping 1,958 minutes in penalties in his Toledo career.
His two goal, five assist game versus Milwaukee in May of 1983, ranks as the best individual playoff point performance in the modern history of the IHL, with the five assists also a league record.