Watson, who was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba and played his junior hockey in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, was a two time All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner. In his final season, 1984-85, he rewrote the record book scoring 49 goals and 109 points in just 46 games. The league MVP led UMD Bulldogs to its second consecutive NCAA Frozen Four finals and WCHA championship.
Watson left school a year early to play for the Chicago Blackhawks for two seasons. His pro career lasted through 1989. At that time he returned to the University of Minnesota Duluth to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He lived mostly in Duluth ever since, coaching youth and junior hockey and as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
Watson has been employed as a managing director of a financial firm and as an amateur scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.