Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba defenseman Al Simmons played his Junior hockey in his hometown before being drafted by the California Golden Seals in 1971. Simmons, who was born on September 25th, 1951, turned pro for the 1971-72 season and spent most of his time with the Columbus Seals of the International Hockey League but he also made his debut in the NHL that season.
Simmons played a single game with the Golden Seals but did not register a point though he did direct four shots on net. Simmons spent all of the 1972-73 in the minors but did resurface the following year.
In 1973-74 Simmons was back in the NHL, this time playing three games with the Boston Bruins who acquired his rights on February 7, 1974. Simmons again was held of the score sheet, but the following campaign he returned to Beantown to play seven contests and this time registered a point when he assisted on a goal. After playing seven games with the Bruins Simmons was traded to the New York Rangers, but never cracked their big league roster.
Simmons completed the 1975-76 season with the Rangers minor league affiliate in Providence then retired from the game that spring.