Ex-Bulldog Watson to Enter Manitoba Hockey HOF

By KBJR News 1

Ex-Bulldog Watson to Enter Manitoba Hockey HOF

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) scoring great Bill Watson will enter the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame with the Class of 2013, it was announced on Monday.

Watson is a native of Powerview, Manitoba and will be one of 14 inductees to enter the hall on Oct. 5 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Having spent three seasons with UMD, Watson still ranks among the program's highest career scorers with 210 total points. He won the 1985 Hobey Baker following his junior season, having also been named an All-American and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) player of the year.

Watson left UMD after three seasons and joined the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

He spent four seasons with the Blackhawks, totaling 23 goals and 36 assists in 115 regular season games. He was also named in 1986-87 the Emery-Edge Award winner for having the best plus-minus rating of any Chicago skater.

Watson is currently an assistant volunteer coach with UMD, a position he's held since 2006, and was inducted in 1997 to the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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