For more than five decades, Joe Watson has brought grit, perseverance, and unmatched enthusiasm for the sport of hockey to the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
On the ice, Joe was a two-time Stanley Cup champion, a stalwart defenseman, and famously scored a key goal against legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak in a 1976 exhibition game against the Soviet Red Army team. Not particularly known as a scorer, Flyers legendary then-coach Fred Shero said about the goal that it "had set Russian hockey back 25 years." Joe played in 835 NHL games over the course of 14 NHL seasons, wearing the orange and black in all but 89. Only five players in team history played more games as a Flyer than Joe.
Following his playing career, Joe joined the Flyers front office, where he has been a vital member of the sales team. Joe's passion for the Flyers, the Flyers Alumni Team, and the entire Comcast Spectacor organization has made him an important part of our team for many years beyond his playing days.
"Joe's toughness, determination, and lifelong commitment to the Flyers made him a key part of our back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams and a fan favorite for generations," said Flyers Senior Advisor Paul Holmgren. "We are so grateful for Joe's decades of hard work and contributions and we congratulate him on his retirement."