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Maple Leafs release Tom Watt

September 11, 1997

TORONTO (AP) _ Tom Watt, who was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ head coach for two seasons, was released as the club’s pro scout Wednesday.

``Tom Watt, pro scout, was released from his duties with the Toronto Maple Leafs today in order to pursue coaching or scouting opportunities with another hockey club,″ the Maple Leafs said in a terse news release.

No reason for the move was given.

Watt became the Maple Leafs’ coach Oct. 20, 1990, replacing Doug Carpenter just 13 games into the season. He compiled a 52-80-17 record before stepping down May 4, 1992 to become the club’s director of player development.

Toronto failed to reach the playoffs during Watt’s two seasons as coach.

Watt captured the Jack Adams trophy as the NHL’s top coach in 1981-82 while with the Winnipeg Jets. Watt also served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames during their 1989 Stanley Cup championship.

Watt has also been on the Canadian coaching staff for three Canada Cup victories.

Watt, who also coached Toronto’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was one of Canadian university hockey’s most successful coaches. He won 410 games while with the University of Toronto, leading the Blues to nine national titles between 1965 and 1980.

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