Toronto Rock Goalie Bob Watson Inducted into NLL Hall of Fame

Ron KnabenbauerCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2011

Bob Watson had a storied NLL career, winning six championships and two Goaltender of the Year awards (Credit: Larry Palumbo).
Bob Watson had a storied NLL career, winning six championships and two Goaltender of the Year awards (Credit: Larry Palumbo).

2011 has been a good year for Bob Watson.

First, the Rock goaltender was named the NLL Championship Game Most Valuable Player after leading Toronto to the title in May and now, he will be inducted into the league's Hall of Fame.

Watson, who retired following the 2011 title game, was selected on 86 percent of the ballots and will be the sole member of this year's class. A nominee needs to be selected in at least 75 percent of the ballots and then be in top two with the most votes in order to be inducted.

The other five nominees were not even close to the 75 percent threshold as Watson's brilliant 15 year career seemed to be the focus of most of the voter's attention. The other nominees included Pat Coyle, who received 54 percent, Troy Cordingley (Watson's coach for the last two seasons), who received 46 percent, Steve Dietrich, who received 41 percent, Ted Dowling, who received 32 percent and Curt Malawksy, who received 27 percent.

Watson will be the third goaltender inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Dallas Eliuk and Sal LoCascio.

The Rock goalie's entrance into the Hall seemed to be a no-brainer as Watson's six championships is the most by any goaltender. Twice, he received the Goaltender of the Year Award (2001 and 2008) and Championship Game MVP (2003 and 2008) and logged over 10,000 minutes in 216 regular season games. Watson also made 6,471 saves and finished his career with an 11.12 goals against average.

Ballots were cast by the 10 NLL teams, current members of the Hall of Fame and members of the media. Voters were allowed to select up to three nominees on their ballots.

The date and location for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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