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Simon Says - Lubbock signs Simon Watson

September 19, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: September 19, 2006 - Last season, the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League had several ties with St. Lawrence University, as Kings Head Coach Chris Dashney and players Josh Anderson, Matt Macdonald and John Zeiler were all St. Lawrence alumni. The Kings continue the ties with the signing of former St. Lawrence forward Simon Watson to the Kings 2006/2007 roster.

"Being a graduate of the St. Lawrence program and disciple of Coach Joe Marsh, if he (Coach Marsh) says that Simon can help our team, then Simon will be given the opportunity to make our club," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "Watson played both forward and defense during his four playing seasons at St. Lawrence and hard working utility players are beneficial."

Watson will be playing in his first professional season after spending the past five seasons (01/02 - 05/06) at St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York). Last season, the Waterloo, Ontario native was primarily a forward with the Saints and tallied four goals and three assists for 7 points in 26 games. After redshirting his freshman season (01/02), Watson appeared in 31 games in 02/03. He began that season as a forward, but 12 games into the season he moved back to the blueline, where he primarily played during the course of his sophomore and junior seasons. Overall, Watson combined for 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 116 games played for the NCAA Div. I squad.

Prior to his career at St. Lawrence, the 6'0 182-pound Watson played junior hockey with his hometown Waterloo Siskins of the Midwestern Jr. B Hockey League. He was a two-time league all-star while in Waterloo and earned the team's Most Valuable Player honor in his final season with the Siskins. In the two seasons (99/00, 00/01) with Waterloo, Watson combined to register 51 goals and 66 assists for 117 points in 95 games.

Hockey is not the only sport Watson excels at. The 26 year-old is an avid golfer that maintains a one handicap. He is an Elmira Golf Club (Elmira, Ont.) two-time Junior Club Champion member. Watson's signature gives the Kings 16 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny and Kyle Stanton, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Marc Bianchi, Craig Minard, Troy Neumeier and forwards Bobby Brown, Jimmy Callahan, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt and Trevor Weisgerber on the 06/07 roster. With no games of professional experience, Watson qualifies as a developmental player (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster.

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