Where Are They Now? Chris Simon

Before we get into today’s post, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are all enjoying the day with your family and friends. Today we profile Chris Simon, an NHL veteran of 15 years who spent two seasons as a member of the Islanders.

You might be reading this and saying to yourself, Chris Simon played for the Islanders? Well yes he did from 2006 through the middle of the 2007-2008 season. In addition to the Islanders he has played for 7 other NHL teams including the Rangers and 3 teams in the KHL.

Chris Simon grew up in Wawa, Ontario and was drafted in the 2nd round (25th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft  by the Flyers but was traded as part of the Eric Lindros deal to the Quebec Nordiques before playing any games for the Flyers. In 1996, he won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and appeared in the 1998 Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals and with the Calgary Flames in 2004. His best statistical season in the NHL came in the 1999-2000 season when he was on the Capitals a season where he scored 29 goals and 20 assists and a career high of 49 points. For his NHL career he played in 782 games scoring 144 goals and 161 assists and a total of 305 points. He also had 10 goals and 7 assists in 75 playoff games. (Photo Credit- Bluesguy/Flickr)

His time on Long Island featured suspensions for his physical play after major hits. This was something that Simon was known for throughout his NHL career. Chris Simon was suspended 8 times for conduct and a total of 65 games. These suspensions were both for verbal and physical situations. On March 8, 2007, the Islanders faced the rival Rangers, at the Coliseum. At 13:25 of the third period, Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg checked Simon from (what Simon felt was) behind, knocking him face first into the boards, and giving Simon a 0.5 degree concussion. No penalty was assessed, and play continued. Simon then took a two-handed baseball swing in the face of Ryan Hollweg with his hockey stick as he skated by. Simon received a match penalty for attempt to injure, resulting in his ejection from the game. Hollweg suffered a cut to the chin that required two stitches. You can view this play from that game here. Simon was also suspended later that year for a hit on Jarkko Ruutu.

Chris Simon was traded from the Islanders to the Minnesota Wild in 2008 for a draft pick as this was the time where Garth Snow began the process to build the current core. Today Chris Simon is still playing professional hockey at the age of 41 for the Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the KHL which is his 3rd stop there.  It’s not always good to be remembered for major suspensions but that’s a situation occurring in hockey from time to time. That’s what Chris Simon will be remembered about when his hockey career concludes.

-John Santamaria

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