Sid Watson - 2002 Legend of College Hockey
This year the Hobey Baker Memorial Award is very pleased to announce Sid Watson as its 2002 "Legend of Hockey."
Sid was a multi-talented athlete, coach and administrator. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1956 where he competed in hockey, earning nomination to the All New England College Hockey team as a defenseman. He also was a standout in football, where his talent and work ethic garnered him All American honors twice.
Following graduation, he moved on the National Football League where he played four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins.
After the conclusion of his football career, his love of hockey then took him to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he compiled a record of 326-210-11 between 1959-1983 and his teams captured four ECAC Division II championships. His list of tremendous accomplishments include being named NCAA Coach of the Year three times, ECAC Coach of the Year four times, New England College Coach of the Year twice, and UPI Small College Coach of the Year. He also was the recipient of the prestigious Shaeffer Pen Award.
Beside his coaching expertise, his commitment to the game of hockey included serving 13 years on the NCAA Ice Hockey committee including six years as Chairman of the Rules committee. He also was President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Board of Governors with the American College Hockey Coaches Association.
In 1982 he also took on duties as Athletic Director at Bowdoin, and after stepping down from behind the bench following the 1983 season, he served as AD at Bowdoin through 1998.
In 1999 he was enshrined as a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
Sid and his wife Henrietta currently reside in Naples, Florida.