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Tommy Williams’s life and times an All-American story

Tommy Williams had a secret. And a half-century ago, what he had to say was a pretty big deal, so much so that it landed the then-Bruins forward on “I’ve Got a Secret,’’ one of America’s most popular TV shows of the 1950s and ’60s.

“Kind of funny to think about it,’’ said Chris Williams, 42, the fourth of Williams’s six children. “I wasn’t even born yet, and right now I’d love to find a copy of my dad’s episode somewhere. But he often told me what he [revealed] as his secret: ‘I’m the only American playing in the National Hockey League.’ ’’

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