Harold E. Watson
Harold "Harry" Ellis Watson was born at St. John's Newfoundland 14 July 1898 and moved
to Toronto a year later. He attended St. Andrew's College,
Aurora for the 1915-16 school year
and was named a First Team All Star in 1915.
After graduation he enlisted
directly in the Royal Flying Corps, receiving his commission on 29 August 1917.
He flew operationally with 41 Squadron from 23 November until 21 July 1918
claiming 6 victories during that time.
After his discharge, he joined the Toronto Granites hockey team and quickly
became their star player. With Watson leading the way, the team won back-to-back
Allan Cup titles in 1922 and 1923. The Granites went on to represent Canada at
the 1924 Winter Olympics and brought home the Gold Medal. Watson's performance
was outstanding as he scored 37 goals in only five games. He was named to the
Ontario Hockey Associations Senior Second All Star Team in 1920 and the First Team in 1922 and '23 and
received the league's MVP award twice. After returning from France he was
inundated with offers to turn professional including one from the Montreal
Maroons for $30,000; instead he chose to retire. Watson later returned to hockey
as a coach and in 1932 his all-amateur team, the Toronto Nationals, won the
He died September11 1957 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.