Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ben Simon
Ben Simon was born June 14, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 5th round choice, 110th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Simon is a graduate of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's University of Notre Dame.

A former member of the North American Junior Hockey League's Cleveland Junior Barons, Simon was the NAHL's Rookie of the Year in 1995-96 before he joined Notre Dame in 1996-97.

Simon spent four seasons at the University of Notre Dame scoring 130 points (44 goals, 86 assists) and 340 penalty minutes in 144 games. In his Junior year with Notre Dame, Simon led the Irish and tied for fifth in the CCHA with 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) and was named to the Second All-CCHA All-Star Team.

Following a successful collegiate career at Notre Dame, the Atlanta Thrashers acquired Simon from the Blackhawks prior to the 2000-01 season. In his first season of professional hockey in 2000-01, the Cleveland, Ohio native was a member of the IHL's Turner Cup champion Orlando Solar Bears and ranked second among IHL rookies in playoff points with 11 (six goals, five assists), sharing the league lead among all first-year players with six goals, and leading all rookies with a plus-six rating.

Following a successful rookie campaign with the Solar Bears, Simon joined the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago and was a key player in the team's Calder Cup victory.

Even though he spent the majority of the season with Chicago, Simon played in a half a dozen games with the Thrashers. Simon again saw limited NHL action with the club in 2002-03, while continuing to hone his skills in the AHL. In the summer of 2003, Simon signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators, however, he was re-acquired by the Thrashers shortly after and during the 2003-04 season played a career-high 52 games with the club.

In the summer of 2005, Simon was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On the international stage, Simon is a two-time member of the United States World Junior Team (1997-1998).

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Shaker Heights High School High-OH 25 15 21 36
1993-94 Shaker Heights High School High-OH 24 45 41 86
1994-95 Shaker Heights High School High-OH 25 61 68 129
1995-96 Cleveland Barons NAHL 45 38 33 71 5 7 13 20
1996-97 University of Notre Dame CCHA 30 4 15 19 79
1996-97 United States WJC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1997-98 University of Notre Dame CCHA 37 9 28 37 91
1998-99 University of Notre Dame CCHA 37 18 24 42 65
1999-00 University of Notre Dame CCHA 40 13 19 32 53
2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 77 8 12 20 47 16 6 5 11 20
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 0 0 6 +1
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 74 11 23 34 56 +3 25 2 3 5 24
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 10 0 1 1 9 0
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 69 15 17 32 78 +18 9 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 18 1 3 4 6 -2
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 52 3 0 3 28 -10
2004-05 Chicago Wolves AHL 53 11 10 21 58 +2 18 1 5 6 44
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 0 0 0 4 -4
2005-06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 66 13 24 37 88 -6 3 0 1 1 2
2006-07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 56 9 12 21 77 +3
2006-07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 21 4 5 9 28 +1 7 0 0 0 9
2007-08 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 12 10 22 88 -14
2008-09 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 51 5 10 15 64
2009-10 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 18 4 9 13 16 -9 3 3 0 3 14
2009-10 Toronto Marlies AHL 44 2 6 8 51 -11 3 2 0 2 12
2010-11 Sheffield Steelers Britain 54 21 36 57 62
NHL Totals 81 3 1 4 47


NAJHL First All-Star Team (1996)
NAJHL Rookie of the Year (1996)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1999)
Rights traded to Atlanta by Chicago for Atlanta's 9th round choice (Peter Flache) in 2000 Entry Draft, June 25, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 14, 2003. Traded to Atlanta by Nashville with Tomas Kloucek for Simon Gamache and Kirill Safronov, December 2, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 11, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), August 5, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Kalamazoo (ECHL), November 12, 2009. Loaned to Toronto (AHL) by Kalamazoo (ECHL), January 1, 2010. Signed as a player/coach by Sheffield (England), July 28, 2010.