Bob Watson is in a class by himself. The National Lacrosse League announced Monday that Watson has been voted into the league's Hall of Fame as the sole member of the Class of 2011.
Watson was named on 86 percent of ballots cast in the Hall of Fame voting process and was the only nominee to top the minimum threshold of 75 percent.
Watson won six championships during his 15-year career, all with the Toronto Rock. He is the only goaltender in league history to win six championships.
He retired following the 2011 season after earning Championship Game MVP honors as Toronto defeated Washington 8-7. It was his second title game MVP - he had previosuly won the award in 2003. Watson was also a two-time winner of the league's Goaltender of the Year Award (2001 & 2008).
For his career, Watson dressed for 216 regular season games, playing more than 10,000 minutes in net, and is one of the few goaltenders to top 100 wins. He made 6,471 saves with an 11.12 career Goals Against Average, including two seasons with a GAA of under 10 goals per game (8.89 GAA in 2001, 9.31 in 2010).
Watson will be the third goaltender to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Dallas Eliuk and Sal LoCascio.
Ballots were submitted by the ten NLL member clubs, current members of the Hall of Fame and members of the media. Voters were allowed to select up to three of the six nominees on the ballot.
The percentage of ballots on which each nominee was selected is as follows:
Bob Watson – 86%
Pat Coyle – 54%
Troy Cordingley – 46%
Steve Dietrich – 41%
Ted Dowling – 32%
Curt Malawsky – 27%