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Flyers 1974 Stanley Cup ring stolen from Joe Watson's daughter

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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The daughter of former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Joe Watson is seeking the return of a Stanley Cup ring stolen from her downtown apartment during a burglary on Monday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The ring, which is a diamond-encrusted pinkie ring, was given to the wife of every player on the 1973-74 Flyers team to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins.

The ring was given to Heidi Watson by her mother as gift after the daughter graduated college.

"All we want is the ring back," Heidi Watson told the Inquirer. "It is priceless for us. The person who has it doesn't have a clue to the sentimental value of it."

Joe Watson spent 11 seasons with the Flyers and was a member of both of their Stanley Cup-winning teams. During the 1973-74 season, when the Flyers won the first of back-to-back championships, Watson appeared in 74 games, scoring one goal to go with 17 assists.

Those championship teams were coached by Fred Shero, who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this week. Joe Watson is a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame.

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