Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cliff Simpson
Centre Cliff Simpson was born on April 4th 1923 in Toronto, Ontario. He had three seasons of Junior and one year split between Senior hockey and professional when his career was interrupted by military service in 1943. He returned to the ice for the 1944-45 season and led his Senior loop with 28 goals that year. Simpson rejoined the Indianapolis Capitals, with whom he had spent a short time with before his military duties, and enjoyed a solid season, scoring 21 goals. The following year he posted All-Star numbers when he notched 42 goals and 78 points in 54 games. His impressive production earned him a trip to the big leagues during that campaign.

Simpson played six games with the Detroit Red Wings and managed 1 assist. He also appeared in a single playoff game for Detroit but did not register a point.

In the 1948-49 season Simpson built on his success with Indianapolis and upped his totals to 48 goals and 110 points and was again named an All-Star. His effectiveness again captured the attention of the Red Wings who summoned him for a playoff contest that spring. It would prove to be Simpson's last NHL appearance.

Simpson spent one more year with Indianapolis but his offensive output dipped dramatically when he only posted 46 points in 52 games. He then moved on to the St. Louis Flyers in 1949 and played the final three years of his career with them retiring after the 1952 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 20 12 5 17 8 2 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 13 11 8 19 17 5 2 3 5 2
1941-42 Brantford Lions OHA-Jr. 23 39 26 65 26 7 5 14 19 22
1942-43 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 18 1 12 13 13
1942-43 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 7 12 4 16 12 4 6 3 9 14
1942-43 Toronto Tip Tops TIHL 1 3 2 5 0 11 16 14 25 10
1943-44 Toronto Tip Tops TIHL 1 1 0 1 0
1943-44 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 1 0 1 1 2
1944-45 Barriefield Bears KCHL 15 28 8 36 4
1944-45 Toronto Bowsers TMHL 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 1 4 0
1944-45 Toronto Uptown Tires TMHL 11 20 16 36 32 1 1 3 4 6
1945-46 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 52 21 15 36 10 5 2 4 6 0
1946-47 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 54 42 36 78 28
1947-48 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 68 48 62 110 31
1947-48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1948-49 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 52 25 21 46 12 2 2 0 2 0
1949-50 St. Louis Flyers AHL 56 31 52 83 8 2 0 0 0 0
1950-51 St. Louis Flyers AHL 65 40 34 74 8
1951-52 St. Louis Flyers AHL 47 26 26 52 6
NHL Totals 6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2


AHL Second All-Star Team (1947)
AHL First All-Star Team (1948)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 19, 1942. Traded to St. Louis (AHL) by Detroit with Fern Gauthier, Ed Nicholson and future considerations for Steve Black and Bill Brennan, August 29, 1949.
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