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6/28/1943 Malartic, Quebec
Hometown: Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Claimed by Buffalo from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 10th, 1970
Defenceman, Jim Watson, was born in Malartic, Quebec on June 28, 1943; he later moved to Kirkland Lake. Jim went to play junior with the Hamilton Red Wings and made his first NHL appearance on January 29, 1964 with the Detroit Red Wings. Over the next six years, he played in Detriot and in the CPHL, AHL, WHL, and CHL. Watson was then claimed by Buffalo from Detroit in Expansion Draft on June 10, 1970.
In Buffalo, "Jumbo" was one of the quietest Sabres off ice and one of the most pugnacious on. He stacked up 147 penalty minutes during the 1970-71 season, fourth in the club, and thrived in the heavy going. Though he was up a full season and parts of others with the Detroit Red Wings earlier in his career, it took opening night at Pittsburgh on October 10, 1970 for his first NHL goal, the first ever scored by the Buffalo Sabres in regular season play.
Watson played two full seasons with the Sabres in their first two years in the league, collecting 4 goals, 15 assists, and 248 penalty minutes.
On February 12th, 1972, Watson was selected by the LA Sharks in the WHA General Player Draft. He finished his career in 1976 after playing in the WHA for LA, Chicago, and Quebec.
Claimed by Buffalo from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 10th, 1970. Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 General Player Draft, February 12th, 1972. Traded to Chicago Cougars (WHA) by LA Sharks (WHA) with Don Gordon for Bob Whitlock, February, 1974. Claimed by Quebec (WHA) from Chicago (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, May 19th, 1975.