At 18 years of age, Harold “Harry” Watson joined the professional ranks with the Brooklyn Americans (1942/43), of the National Hockey League (NHL). After 1 year, the Detroit Red Wings claimed him, and then the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) interrupted his career.
By the time Harry retired in 1958, he had played left wing for the Detroit Red Wings (1945/46), Toronto Maple Leafs (1946/47-1954/55), and the Chicago Blackhawks (1954/55-1956/57). He had also played on 5 Stanley Cup winning teams (1943, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951).
Watson finished his career with 236 goals, and 207 assists, in 809 games. In 1948, he led the Leafs with 26 goals and no penalty minutes. Upon retirement Harry was in the NHL’s top 15 All-Time scorers.