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