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35 Moments: Watson Goes Out On Top

Bob Watson was a stable in net for the Rock since they were in Ontario as the Raiders. He won 6 championships with the Rock. He played 500+ minutes in every season except his rookie year (in Baltimore). His most impressive season was in 2002, where he went 10-2 as a starter with a goals against average (GAA) of 8.89 and a save percentage (SV%) of .797.

Watson had considered retirement after losing in the finals in 2010 to the Washington Stealth 15-11. Reaching the age of 40 didn’t stop him nor did his new career as a police officer as he decided to give it one more season in 2011. In the 2011 playoffs, he played every minute of all three games, had a GAA of 8.67 and a SV% of .814. He would get his redemption versus the Washington Stealth in the finals in 2011 to secure his 6th championship ring and second game/series MVP for the Championship. He’d make 46 saves and win the Championship 8-7. 10 times in league history has a goalie been named game/series MVP for the Championship. He, along with Dallas Eliuk, are the only goalies to win it twice (2002, 2011).