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Friday, December 6, 2002
Watson won Stanley Cup titles with Leafs, Wings
TORONTO -- Harry Watson, a Hockey Hall of Famer and five-time Stanley Cup champion, died Tuesday, Nov. 19. He was 79.
Watson won four titles with the Toronto Maple Leafs and one with the Detroit Red Wings during a 14-season NHL career from 1941-57.
In 1994, Watson, who had 236 goals and 207 assists in 809 games plus 16 playoff goals in 62 games, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the veterans category.
Watson had been in poor health the past six months with an undisclosed illness.
At 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, Watson was among the biggest skaters in the NHL. Fast and powerful, the left wing was a solid scorer, a tough forechecker, and a sound defensive worker.
Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Watson played junior hockey there. When he was 18, he signed with the Brooklyn Americans for their last season in the war-thinned NHL. He went to Detroit in the dispersal draft of Americans players and was a member of the 1943 Red Wings championship team.
After two years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Watson played the 1945-46 season with Detroit, then was traded to Toronto -- which won four Cups between 1947 and 1951.
In 1954, Watson was sold to the Chicago Blackhawks. After three seasons in Chicago, Watson spent a minor league season in Buffalo, N.Y., and then coached in Ontario.
Watson is survived by his wife, Lillian; sons Barry, Ron and Dale; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Nov. 25 in Markham, Ontario.
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