By Fred Liggett
Now in Kansas City to help the Mavericks win a league title is a young defenseman who has won both a college championship and a Kelly Cup. The 24-year old Cliff Watson has won both a WCHA title and the 2018 Kelly Cup championship in his young career.
The second year pro spent time at the end of last season playing for the Utah Grizzlies and Colorado Eagles. Cliffy as he is called by his new teammates loves the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. No surprise to learn the reason why is his hometown is nearby Appleton, Wisconsin. Still at home in Appleton are his three younger brothers, a mom and dad who are all rooting him on from home.
The left hander’s favorite hockey memory so far is a tough one. One favorite memory happened when he was at Michigan Tech during the 2016-17 season and his team won the WCHA. Another one was in spring 2018 when he was a member of the Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles.
Cliff first put on a pair of skates at age four. Cliffy’s favorite website to visit daily is his Instagram account. He admits he enjoys catching up on his favorite sports teams in that way. If not in pro hockey today Cliff feels he would be working in real estate in his native Wisconsin.
Cliffy’s favorite foods are seafood and sushi while his favorite sports movie is “Happy Gilmore.” Following his playing days Cliff wishes to be remembered as someone who enjoyed coming to the rink every day. Cliffy scored his first Mavericks goal on Friday, Nov. 23rd when he tied the game up at two in what turned out to be a 4-2 Mavs win. Cliff states it was, “A lucky bounce, just saw a little lane, a lucky goal, but will take that.”
Look for Cliffy and his teammates when the Mavericks return home from a two-week road trip with a game against Tulsa on Friday, Dec. 21st. The fun begins inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.