New York Rangers All-Time Roster

Seasons with Rangers: 17 (12 as player from 1935-1943 and 1944-1948; 5 as coach from 1955-1960)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 546
Playoff Games with Rangers: 45

Acquired
1. Scouted and signed by Rangers as a free agent on Oct. 27, 1935; 2. Returned to Rangers by Montreal to complete terms of loan for 1943-44 seaosn.

Departed
1. Loaned by Rangers to Montreal for 1943-44 season in return for loan of Charlie Sands, Fern Gauthier, Dutch Hiller, John Mahaffy and future considerations (loan of Tony Demers) in November 1943; 2. Retired from NHL to pursue coaching career.

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NYR - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1935-1936 Rangers 24 0 2 2 24
1936-1937 Rangers 48 11 17 28 22
1937-1938 Rangers 48 7 25 32 52
1938-1939 Rangers 48 15 22 37 42
1939-1940 Rangers 48 7 28 35 42
1940-1941 Rangers 40 11 25 36 49
1941-1942 Rangers 48 15 37 52 58
1942-1943 Rangers 46 14 28 42 44
1944-1945 Rangers 45 11 8 19 24
1945-1946 Rangers 49 12 14 26 43
1946-1947 Rangers 48 6 12 18 17
1947-1948 Rangers 54 18 15 33 54
Team Totals: 546 127 233 360 471
NYR - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1936-1937 Rangers 9 0 2 2 9
1937-1938 Rangers 3 0 2 2 0
1938-1939 Rangers 7 1 1 2 7
1939-1940 Rangers 12 3 6 9 16
1940-1941 Rangers 3 0 2 2 9
1941-1942 Rangers 6 1 4 5 8
1947-1948 Rangers 5 2 3 5 2
Team Totals: 45 7 20 27 51
 Bio/News
RANGERS DEBUT
Nov. 19, 1935 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings)

FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 4, 1948 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings) (playoffs)

MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1941-42

NHL LEADER
Most assists — 1941-42

RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most assists — 1937-38, 1939-40, 1941-42
Most penalty minutes — 1945-46
Most playoff points — 1938 (tie), 1940 (tie), 1941 (tie), 1948 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1948 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1938 (tie), 1941

RANGERS COACHING STATISTICS
Head coach — 1955-1959
Career regular-season record: 119-124-52
Career playoff record: 4-12

RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 22
Minor-league teams: Philadelphia (Can-Am) 1935-36
Minor-league games coached: 150 (New York Rovers, 1948-1951)

MISCELLANEOUS
Nicknames: Fiery Phil, Flying Phil
Full Name: Philippe Henri Watson
Uniform Numbers: 7, 15
Stanley Cup Champion: 1940
Retired from NHL: 1948

BIOGRAPHY
A native of Montreal, Watson caught the eye of Rangers` scouts while attending Lester Patrick`s hockey school in Winnipeg. Signed as a 21-year-old, Watson would spend 12 of the next 13 years with the Rangers, missing only the 1943-44 season when he was loaned to Montreal.

Originally given No. 15, Watson switched to No. 7 following Frank Boucher`s last full season in 1936-37 and continued to wear that numbe for the remainder of his career.

Watson`s greatest moment came in the 1940 Stanley Cup playoffs, when he tied Neil Colville for the team scoring lead en route to the championship. It was the first of two Stanley Cups he would win in his career, with the other coming during his season in Montreal.

Watson played all three forward positions for the Rangers but is best known for centering the "Powerhouse Line" with wingers Lynn Patrick and Bryan Hextall in the 1939-40 championship season. Watson was also famous for being one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and for his sharp temper, which was known to flare up during games — including one during the 1941-42 season when he filled in for Art Coulter as Rangers captain.

Following his retirement, Watson became coach of the Rangers` farm club, the New York Rovers, in 1948. He remained with the Rovers for three years and later came back as head coach of the Rangers for a four-plus season stint that began in 1955.

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