Goaltender Jim Watt was born in the hockey hotbed of Duluth, Minnesota but played his college hockey out of state in Michigan with the Spartans. After finishing his collegiate career with a solid campaign that saw him named to the WCHA All-Star Team as well as being anointed an "All American" Watt signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Blues.
His first season in the organization, 1972-73, Watt spent in the minor leagues with the Denver Spurs and the Fort Worth Wings, but during his second year as a professional, he would get a chance at the big league level.
Watt spent the next season primarily with the Spurs but he was summoned to St. Louis and managed to play a period of hockey. Watt was victimized twice in his twenty minutes in the Blues net, but was not tagged with a decision.
Watt played one more year with the Spurs and then moved on to the Southern Hockey League where he joined the Tidewater Sharks, but also had a brief stint in the International League. In 1976-77 he played his last season as a professional, and again he was in the SHL, though this time he toiled for the Winston-Salem Polar Bears. It took just three games for Watt to decide it was time for him to call it a career and he left hockey for good.