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Sid Watson, Fred Ahern '74 Inducted into Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame

Story posted November 15, 2005

Bowdoin College hockey owned the spotlight at the 11th Annual Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame Ceremony on November 15 in Boston. The event, which was hosted by Bowdoin alum Dale Arnold '79 at the TD Banknorth Garden, featured the induction of long-time head coach Sidney Watson and former player Fred Ahern '74.

Ahern, a forward, grew up playing in the South Boston Youth Hockey League, attended Boston Technical High School and went on to Bowdoin College. After leaving Bowdoin in 1974, Fred signed as a free agent with the California Seals and became the first player from South Boston and the City of Boston to play in the NHL. Playing a total of 146 NHL games from 1975-1978, Fred scored 31 goals and had 30 assists. After retiring, Fred returned to the Boston area and is currently the Director of the James M. Curley Recreation Center in South Boston.

A multi-sport star at Northeastern University, the Andover, MA, native earned the nickname “Century Sid” in college because as a football player he averaged 100 yards a game rushing for his career. Before carving out a legendary hockey career at Bowdoin, Watson played in the National Football League from 1955-1958. He won 326 games coaching the hockey team from 1959 to 1983 before becoming the school’s Athletic Director. A three time winner of the Edward Jeremiah Award as AHCA College Division Coach of the Year, Watson served the ACHA as an officer for many years and was also one of the most influential members of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee for many seasons. In 2001, he was presented the “Legends Award” from the Hobey Baker Award Foundation. Each year the top collegiate male hockey player in Division III receives the Sid Watson Award.

According to the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, nominees are chosen on the basis of accomplishments in the game of hockey, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to his or her teams or organizations in college, amateur or professional hockey, or on international teams representing the United States. Each nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exceptional performance and outstanding character reflecting favorably upon the game of hockey in Massachusetts, be in good public standing in the community, an appropriate role model for young hockey players and an exemplary representative of the game of hockey.

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