The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame announced their 2021 class of inductees yesterday, and may Brampton fans were happy to see Bob Watson on the list. The Guelph native played Jr. A and B. in Kitchener-Waterloo, during which time he won a Founder Cup championship. He is probably best remembered as the Toronto Rock’s goaltender from their inaugural season in 1999 until his retirement after winning the 2011 Champion’s Cup. During this time he also won five other NLL titles, two championship MVP awards, two goaltender of the year awards and set the [still standing] record for fewest goals against in a game before being inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.
For many Brampton Excelsiors fans though he is best remembered for backstopping the team to their 2002 Mann Cup championship. For a number of years he proudly wore the maroon and gold in front of roaring home crowds. Regarded as one of the best goalies to ever play the game, Bob Watson left a noticeable impact on Brampton lacrosse, inspiring a generation of young goalies who donned his number and strived for the same level of excellence. Watson is incredibly deserving of the Hall of Fame.
The news follows shortly after Lacrosse Canada honoured another incredible member of the Brampton Excelsiors, Dean McLeod, with the Lester B. Pearson Award. We are incredibly proud of the many accomplishments members of our lacrosse family have achieved and the positive influence they continue to have on the sport. The Excelsiors Legacy is the oldest and one of the greatest in lacrosse. We’re grateful for those setting an example for the next generation to follow.