Jimmy Watson (ice hockey)

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Jimmy Watson
Born (1952-08-19) August 19, 1952 (age 63)
Smithers, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 39th overall, 1972
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1972–1982

James Charles Watson (born August 19, 1952) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame February 2016.

Playing career[edit]

Watson was born in Smithers, British Columbia. He played on the same team with his older brother Joe for several seasons while in Philadelphia. Both brothers won the Stanley Cup together in 1974 and 1975.

On June 30, 2015, the Flyers announced that Watson would be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on February 29, 2016. [1]

Post-playing career[edit]

He currently coaches youth hockey for the Delco Phantoms Midget 18U-AA team. His previous team, the Philadelphia Little Flyers Midget 16U American AAA team won the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 AYHL Championship. He helps progress many young players' skills, and moves many players to junior hockey. He preaches posture to his pupils when they are on and off the ice, which he refers to as "good form", as well as teaching optimistic views to many. Jim also runs the Jim Watson Hockey Academy and Jim Watson Hockey Camp located at Iceworks Arena, Aston, PA.

He is the father of two sons who have played professional hockey. Chase Watson has played five seasons of professional hockey mostly in the ECHL.[2] Brett Watson played in two professional games for the Wheeling Nailers.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Calgary Centennials WCHL 52 2 15 17 26 11 1 4 5 0
1969–70 Calgary Centennials WCHL 35 3 15 18 18
1970–71 Calgary Centennials WCHL 64 9 35 44 118 11 3 7 10 8
1971–72 Calgary Centennials WCHL 66 13 52 65 50 13 3 9 12 6
1972–73 Richmond Robins AHL 73 5 33 38 83 4 1 2 3 6
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 1 1 -1 5 2 0 0 0 0
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 2 18 20 +33 44 17 1 2 3 41
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 7 18 25 +41 72 17 1 8 9 10
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 2 34 36 +65 66 16 1 8 9 6
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 3 23 26 +34 35 10 1 2 3 2
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 5 12 17 +33 62 12 7 8 6 4
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 9 13 22 +11 52 8 0 2 2 2
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 5 18 23 +53 51 15 0 4 4 20
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 2 2 4 +14 6
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 3 9 12 +12 99 4 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 613 38 148 186 +295 492 101 5 34 39 89

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1976 Canada CC 2 0 0 0 2
International totals 2 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fish, Wayne (30 June 2015). "Watson, Brind'Amour named to Flyers' Hall of Fame". Allentown Morning Call. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Chase Watson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com, Retrieved April 11, 2013
  3. ^ Brett Watson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com, Retrieved April 11, 2013

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