Sid Watson Headed for the Hall of Fame
Story posted October 06, 1999
He joins former NHL defensemen Rod Langway and Gordie Roberts, the only other inductees this year. They will be honored at a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Dec. 3.
"All of us associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame are honored to be recognizing these three great individuals," said John Mayasich, Chairman of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee. "They were each tremendous contributors to the game of ice hockey, and they all richly deserve this honor."
The 1999 induction ceremony and dinner also will include the unveiling of a new annual award. The Hall of Fame will present an award that will be given each year to an international citizen who has made a major contribution to the growth of ice hockey in America. This new award will be named the Wayne Gretzky Award, and Gretzky will be present to receive the award that evening.
A native of Andover, Mass., Watson will forever be linked to Bowdoin College's legendary hockey program, which he oversaw for more than two decades and developed into a four-time ECAC Champion. Watson's hockey teams compiled a record of 326-210-11 in his time in Brunswick, and his Polar Bears won ECAC Division II championships in 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1978. As hockey coach, Watson was the National Small College Coach of the Year in 1970, 1971 and 1978; the New England Coach of the Year in 1969 and 1970; the UPI New England Coach of the Year in 1966, and the UPI Eastern Small College Coach of the Year in 1976. Watson also is a member of the Northeastern University, Maine and Andover, Massachusetts Halls of Fame. Watson, who had a four-year career as a running back in the NFL in the 1950s, retired as the Director of Athletics at Bowdoin in 1998.
For information about tickets for the 1999 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, call the Hall of Fame at 1-800-HHF-PUCK.
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