Defenseman Jimmy Watson enjoyed a solid career spent entirely with the Philadelphia Flyers which included two Stanley Cup Championships (coming in his first two full seasons,) five NHL All-Star Game appearances and the title of NHL Plus/Minus Leader in 1980.
Watson joined the Flyers as a full-time player in 1973 and was able to ease the transition to the National Hockey League by playing in Philadelphia with his older brother, defenseman Joe Watson. Jimmy's solid, physical play and willingness to play a smart, intimidating style made him fit in instantly with the Broad Street Bullies and he was soon a vital component of the Philadelphia club that was a consistent contender in the 1970's. By 1975, Watson was a playing in the All Star game and prior to the 1976 season he was a member of the Canada Cup squad that won the tournament by dispatching the Czechoslovakian team. In 1977 he joined a small group of players that have participated in an All-Star Game with their brothers when both he and Joe represented the Flyers at the mid-season classic.
A little over a year later Joe was traded to the Colorado Rockies but Jimmy continued to excel for the Flyers. After leading the league with a Plus-53 rating during the 1979-80 season his career suffered a setback the following year when injuries limited him to just 18 games. The next season he was back as a regular on the Flyers blue line, but the team was a clearly a club in transition with their bruising reputation giving way to a new generation of players. After a four-game sweep ended the Philadelphia season that spring, Jimmy Watson retired from the game.
With his playing days behind him, Watson joined his brother in Flyer alumni games and also started a second career as a homebuilder in Philadelphia.