Joe Watson Added To Flyers' Hall

Posted: February 23, 1996

The affable Joe Watson, the scorer of one of the most memorable goals in Flyers history, became the 15th member of the club's Hall of Fame in an on-ice ceremony before last night's game against Washington at the Spectrum.

Watson, 52, scored a shorthanded goal on Jan. 11, 1976, in the Flyers' historic 4-1 victory over the Soviet Red Army team at the Spectrum. The Flyers were the first NHL team to defeat the touring Soviets.

An original Flyer and fourth on the team's all-time games-played list, Watson recorded 36 goals, 162 assists and 397 penalty minutes in 746 games over an 11-year career with the Flyers. He also is fourth on the club's all-time scoring list for defensemen.

Watson was a member of both Flyers Stanley Cup teams in 1974 and 1975, and he and his brother, Jim, are one of three sets of brothers to have played together for the Flyers. He retired after the 1978-79 season.

``It's been a thrill and a wonderful enjoyment,'' Watson said of his time with the Flyers. ``We had a lot of fun on and off the ice. Believe me.''

Then, as the sellout crowd of 17,380 gave him a standing ovation, Watson pointed to the Flyers bench and said, ``It's a matter of time until they march down Broad Street.''

The crowd went wild.

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