|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
180 lb (82 kg)
Los Angeles Kings
|Born||July 25, 1959,|
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
|NHL Draft||124th overall, 1979|
|Pro Career||1981 – 1995|
Tim "Muddy" Watters was a rarity in the NHL, a physical defenseman who stood under 6 feet tall and under 200 pounds. He played in the 1980 and 1988 Olympics and in 741 NHL games, quietly playing a solid though unspectacular role from 1981 through 1995 with the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings, two teams that didn't enjoy much success or fanfare. Not having the size to out-muscle opponents, Watters learned to be in perfect position and angled shooters out of harm's way. He read the oncoming rushes very well, and thanklessly cut off passing lanes and blocked shots. He learned to tie up players' sticks and was one of the few modern players to master the hip check.
He retired from the NHL as a player after the 1995 season. He served as an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins during the 1996 season, and as head coach for Michigan Tech University from 1996–97 – 1999–2000.
Watters played in 741 NHL regular season games, scoring 26 goals and 151 assists. In the playoffs, Watters scored 1 goal and 5 assists in 82 games.