Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Simon
Seen as a role model to Native Canadians, Chris Simon from the Ojibway tribe has preached to children that anything is possible no matter who you are.

After leaving home when he was 14 looking for a hockey career, Simon landed with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. In his second season, he scored 74 points in 57 games and was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 25th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was one of the players, including Peter Forsberg, involved in the trade of Eric Lindros to the Flyers from the Quebec Nordiques in 1992. With two more seasons in the OHL under his belt, he made the move to the NHL.

Simon split the 1992-93 season between the Nordiques and their AHL affiliate Halifax Citadels, but was called up to stay in the NHL the next season. The Nordiques relocated to Colorado, becoming the Avalanche in 1995-96, and won the Stanley Cup in their new home.

The Avs traded Simon to the Washington Capitals in 1996 where he became less of an "enforcer" and more of a scorer after training in the off-season on his shooting and skating. He finished the 1999-2000 season with NHL career highs in games played and every point category while leading the Caps in goals scored. Simon went on to play parts of three more seasons in Washington before he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks ten games into the 2002-03 season.

A hard nosed competitor, Simon surpassed the 500-games played during the 2002-03 season and during the off-season was acquired by the New York Rangers. The Wawa, Ontario native went on to play 65 games with the Rangers before being acquired prior to the NHL deadline by the Calgary Flames. Upon his arrival with the Flames, Simon was a key contributor in the club's run to the Stanley Cup final. However, Simon's dream for a second Cup ring ended in a hard-fought seven game series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Simon was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders in the summer of 2006. In his first season as an Islander, Simon appeared in 67 games with the club before he was involved in an ugly on ice incident which resulted in his suspension from the remainder of the season. On March 8, 2007 Chris Simon was drilled into the boards from behind by Ranger forward Ryan Hollweg. A concussed Simon then hit Hollweg in the face with a two-handed swing of his stick. Luckily, the stick caught Hollweg's shoulder pad prior to hitting his face and he escaped serious injury. Two days later, Simon issued a statement in which he apologized to Hollweg and asserted that he was "completely out of it" as a result of the concussion suffered.

The following season, Simon returned to action but found himself back in troubled waters in mid-December. During the third period of an Islander home game against the Penguins, Simon was involved in an altercation with superpest Jarkko Ruutu. The argument led to Simon stepping on the back or Ruutu's right leg with his skate. Shortly after the incident, Simon was suspended for 30 games, the longest suspension for an on-ice incident in the modern history of the NHL.

After returning to the Islander's bench following his 30-game suspension, Simon was traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 6th Round Pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Wawa Flyers NOHA 36 12 20 32 108
1987-88 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds NOHA 55 42 36 78 172
1988-89 Ottawa 67's OHL 36 4 2 6 31
1989-90 Ottawa 67's OHL 57 36 38 74 146 3 2 1 3 4
1990-91 Ottawa 67's OHL 20 16 6 22 69 17 5 9 14 59
1991-92 Ottawa 67's OHL 2 1 1 2 24
1991-92 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 31 19 25 44 143 11 5 8 13 49
1991-92 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 3 3 6 14
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 16 1 1 2 67 -2 5 0 0 0 26
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 36 12 6 18 131
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 37 4 4 8 132 -2
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 29 3 9 12 106 +14 6 1 1 2 19
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 16 18 34 250 +10 12 1 2 3 11
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 42 9 13 22 165 -1
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 28 7 10 17 38 -1 18 1 0 1 26
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 23 3 7 10 48 -4
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 75 29 20 49 146 +11 4 2 0 2 24
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 60 10 10 20 109 -12 6 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 17 31 137 -8
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 10 0 2 2 23 -3
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 12 6 18 125 -4
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 65 14 9 23 225 +14
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 13 3 2 5 25 +1 16 5 2 7 74
2004-05
2005-06 Calgary Flames NHL 72 8 14 22 94 0 6 0 1 1 7
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 67 10 17 27 75 +17
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 28 1 2 3 43 -1
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 10 0 0 0 16 -1 2 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 40 8 19 27 263
2009-10 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 30 13 12 25 110
2010-11 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 43 16 12 28 111
2010-11 OHK Dynamo Moscow KHL 3 0 1 1 0 6 2 0 2 18
2011-12 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 24 3 0 3 43
2012-13 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 28 1 2 3 28
NHL Totals 782 144 161 305 1824 75 10 7 17 191


Missed majority of 1990-91 due to shoulder surgery, October, 1990. Traded to Quebec by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 1st round pick (later traded to Toronto - later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 NHL Draft to complete transaction that sent Eric Lindros to Philadelphia (June 30, 1992), July 21, 1992. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Washington by Colorado with Curtis Leschyshyn for Keith Jones and Washington's 1st (Scott Parker) and 4th (later traded back to Washington - Washington selected Krys Barch) round picks in 1998 NHL Drarft, November 2, 1996. Traded to Chicago by Washington with Andrei Nikolishin for Michael Nylander, Chicago's 3rd round pick (Stephen Werner) in 2003 NHL Draft and future considerations, November 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 25, 2003. Traded to Calgary by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 7th round pick (Matt Schneider) in 2004 NHL Draft for Jamie McLennan, Blair Betts and Greg Moore, March 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 11, 2006. Traded to Minnesota by NY Islanders for Minnesota's 6th round pick (Justin DiBenedetto) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Vityaz Chekhov (KHL). May 17, 2008.
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