(Photo courtesy of Mary Heern/Bloomington Thunder)
Those of us who have been blessed to watch Bobby Watson play hockey know what the Bloomington Thunder, of the SPHL are just now discovering; THAT BOY CAN PLAY.
Recently acquired by the Bloomington Thunder, (with the help of Junior Oiler Head Coach Marty Majors and others), Bobby Watson signed a contract to play professional hockey in Bloomington Il. The 5’7” 160lb, native of Broken Arrow, is the first Tulsa Junior Oiler Alum to play professional hockey, and he is not disappointing. Through 6 games with the Thunder, Bobby has 5 goals, 4 assists, 10 penalty minutes and is a +4, including a game tying goal on Feb. 16th with 55 seconds remaining in the third, which the Thunder went on to win in overtime.
Greg Halbleib of the Thunder stated, “He did not collect a point in his first game on February 8 at Huntsville, but in his next five games he registered five goals and four assists for nine points and a plus-4 rating. His five-game point streak is the longest current run on the Thunder.” For those of us here, we’re not surprised.
Junior Oiler head coach Marty Majors and Owner Jeff Lund saw the work ethic and determination which Watson brought day in and out as a junior player and contacted many clubs, both in the CHL and the SPHL. Jeff stated; “I called around to quite a few clubs on Bobby’s behalf and when Bloomington finally picked him up, they said ‘is this the guy you’ve been talking to us about?’ and I replied well yes! And he hasn’t let any of us down.” Coach Majors is not surprised adding, “Ever since I saw him I knew he could compete at a higher level if someone gave him an opportunity. I had talked to Greg Pankewicz [who he had known from his Colorado Eagle days and is the Head Coach in Bloomington] and he gave Bobby that opportunity.” Thankfully, they listened. You can follow Bobby and his Bloomington teammates at http://bloomingtonthunder.pointstreaksites.com.
The Junior Oilers return to action this weekend as they face the El Paso Rhinos this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are only $10 and available by calling 918-252-0011 or at the door.