AMARILLO, TX – He’s played at the collegiate level with Michigan State and 157 games in the National Hockey League. Now Mike Watt hopes to pass along that knowledge and experience to future players hoping to achieve the same goals.
The Amarillo Bulls announced today (Tuesday) that Mike Watt has been named Assistant Coach to work a long side new Head Coach Jon Rogger. Watt said he is thrilled to join a first class organization like the Bulls.
“It’s very exciting for me,” said Watt, who is currently coaching a high school hockey team in Wisconsin. “I did some research and talked to a lot of people in the hockey world and they had nothing but good things to say about Amarillo’s organization, the ownership, and everything they’ve got in place.”
Rogger is happy to have Watt on board and thinks they will make a great team.
“It’s a great day for the Bulls,” he said. “We have been extensively looking for that Assistant Coach to work with the guys both on and off the ice. I got a lot of calls about him from a variety of high profile people, including some big names in College hockey.
“It’s a huge plus that he has experience at the Collegiate and NHL level. That’s what set him apart from the rest of the candidates. When you have a resume like that the players are going to look up to him and respect what he has accomplished.”
Watt was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. The Seaforth, Ontario native played 157 games in the NHL with the Oilers, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, and Carolina Hurricanes where he had 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points. He also played for legendary Head Coach Ron Mason at Michigan State University where he had 41 points in 39 games during the 1996-97 season.
Watt said he understands the sacrifices that a young hockey player makes to move on to the next level.
“I can explain to them some of the obstacles and challenges that I faced,” he said. “I can also tell them what some of the coaches are looking for with these programs whether the players are looking at a future college scholarship or maybe their aspirations are professional.”
Watt is long time friends with a very familiar face to Bulls’ fans, Dennis Williams, who was Head Coach for four seasons before moving on to the USHL. Watt said that he wants to continue on the great tradition that Dennis Williams started with of the program.
“I think that what Dennis has put together is something that he is proud of,” Watt said. “He put a lot of time and effort to where he has gotten the program in terms of the number of players moving on to Division I colleges.”
“The success of the program is a testament to him and his dedication. I think the framework has been set and it’s a matter of executing what he did to continue to get players to the next level.”
The Amarillo Bulls will celebrate five years this fall in the North American Hockey League. A terrific way for fans to show their support is by purchasing full or partial season tickets or 10-game Flex Packs. We offer a variety of prices and seat locations and payment plans are also available. For further information on packages please call the Amarillo Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.