Bob Watson (lacrosse)

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Bob Watson
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1970-04-06) April 6, 1970 (age 44)
Guelph, Ontario, CAN
Position Goaltender
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 195 pounds (88 kg)
Former NLL teams Toronto Rock
Ontario Raiders
Baltimore Thunder
Nationality Canada
Pro career 19962011
Shoots Left
Nickname Whipper
NLL Hall of Fame, 2011

Bob "Whipper" Watson (born April 6, 1970) is a former goaltender for the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League[1] and is regarded as one of the best goaltenders ever to play indoor lacrosse[2] Watson won six NLL Championships with the Rock, and was named Championship Game MVP in both 2003 and 2011. Watson was named NLL Goaltender of the Year in 2001 and again in 2008. After 13 years in Toronto and winning 6 Championships, Watson decided to retire to devote his time to family and a new job with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.[1][3][4][5][6]

Watson considered retirement after the 2010 season when the Rock lost to the Washington Stealth in the Championship game, but he later decided to come back for one more season.[6] Mid-way through the 2011 season, Watson announced that it would be his last in the NLL.[7] The Rock made it back to the Championship and in his final NLL game, Watson was named Championship Game MVP for the second time in his career as the Rock beat the Stealth 8-7 in a rematch of the 2010 game.[8]

Bob Watson was the only 2011 inductee into the NLL Hall of Fame.[9] He received 86% of the Hall entry votes, the only player that year to surpass the mandatory 75%. He was the third goaltender to be entered into the NLL Hall of Fame.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[10]

Bob Watson Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP Min W L GA Sv GAA Sv % GP Min W L GA Sv GAA Sv %
1996 Baltimore Thunder 9 268:00 0 0 77 155 17.24 0.668
1998 Ontario Raiders 12 574:00 5 5 115 370 12.02 0.763
1999 Toronto Rock 11 548:00 6 2 110 344 12.04 0.758 2 119:00 2 0 12 69 6.05 0.852
2000 Toronto Rock 12 678:00 9 3 125 422 11.06 0.771 2 120:00 2 0 23 81 11.50 0.779
2001 Toronto Rock 14 715:00 10 2 106 415 8.90 0.797 2 115:00 1 1 18 72 9.39 0.800
2002 Toronto Rock 16 681:00 9 3 131 425 11.54 0.764 2 125:00 2 0 23 67 11.04 0.744
2003 Toronto Rock 16 602:00 6 4 101 351 10.07 0.777 2 120:00 2 0 17 80 8.50 0.825
2004 Toronto Rock 16 571:00 5 5 106 327 11.14 0.755 1 20:00 0 0 7 11 21.00 0.611
2005 Toronto Rock 16 886:27 11 4 174 543 11.78 0.757 2 120:00 2 0 23 69 11.50 0.750
2006 Toronto Rock 16 909:36 7 7 172 575 11.35 0.770 1 57:00 0 1 16 38 16.84 0.704
2007 Toronto Rock 16 855:37 6 7 157 586 11.01 0.789 1 59:10 0 1 8 52 8.11 0.867
2008 Toronto Rock 15 812:38 7 4 139 513 10.26 0.787
2009 Toronto Rock 16 820:46 6 5 175 525 12.79 0.750
2010 Toronto Rock 16 670:12 7 4 104 390 9.31 0.789 3 176:51 2 1 32 96 10.86 0.750
2011 Toronto Rock 16 850:22 10 4 143 530 10.09 0.788 3 180:00 3 0 26 114 8.67 0.814
217 10,442:38 104 59 1,935 6,471 11.12 0.770 21 1,212:01 16 4 205 749 10.15 0.785
Career Total: 238 11,654:39 120 63 2,140 7,220 11.02 0.771

GP–Games played;Min–Minutes played;W–Wins;L–Losses;GA–Goals against;Sv–Number of saves;GAAGoals against average;Sv %Save percentage

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
none
NLL Goaltender of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Rob Blasdell
Preceded by
Colin Doyle
Champion's Cup MVP
2003
Succeeded by
Curtis Palidwor
Preceded by
Anthony Cosmo
NLL Goaltender of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Ken Montour
Preceded by
Lewis Ratcliff
Champion's Cup MVP
2011
Succeeded by
Cody Jamieson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rock sign veteran goalie Bob Watson". Toronto Star. 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  2. ^ Girard, Daniel (May 7, 2010). "Toronto Rock goalie Bob Watson 'enjoying the ride' again after train-wreck '09 season". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Master, Mark (Feb 12, 2011). "Rock Solid". National Post. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Girard, Daniel (Feb 18, 2011). "Waterloo Region police officer saves and protects in Toronto Rock net". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Neil Stevens (Apr 5, 2011). "Veteran lacrosse goalie Bob Watson nears end of fabulous career". 1310 News. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Girard, Daniel (Feb 18, 2011). "To Save And Protect". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ilika, Dan (March 24, 2011). "Whipper Watson set to retire". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Stevens, Neil (May 15, 2011). "Going out on top: Watson earns MVP in final lacrosse game as Rock win NLL title". Yahoo! News Canada. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/lacrosse/story/?id=372450
  10. ^ "Toronto Rock - 2011 Regular Season - Roster - #29 - Bob Watson - G". NLL.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.