Chris Simon

Hockey Player

Chris Simon was born in Wawa, Ontario, Canada on January 30th, 1972 and is the Hockey Player. At the age of 52, Chris Simon biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 30, 1972
Place of Birth
Wawa, Ontario, Canada
52 years old
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Ice Hockey Player
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Chris Simon Life

Christopher J. Simon (born January 30, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played 20 seasons in the NHL and 5 seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

He last competed for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL.

Simon's suspensions for disciplinary causes totaled 65 games during his NHL career.

Personal life

On Manitoulin Island, John's father, Ojibwe descent from the Wiikwemkoong First Nation. He struggled with an alcohol use as a youth, but future Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan in 1992 helped him to sobriety.

Simon was previously married to Lauri Smith. He and his second wife Valerie divorced in 2017 and have four children together, although Valerie has four children. Simon pleaded bankruptcy and said he is unable to work due to his hockey injuries.


Chris Simon Career

Playing career

Simon grew up in Wawa, Ontario, playing his minor hockey for the Wawa Flyers of the NOHA. As a Bantam, he played Jr.B. hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the NOJHL in 1987–88. He was selected in the 3rd round (42nd overall) of the 1988 OHL Priority Selection by the Ottawa 67's.

Simon was drafted in the 2nd round (25th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, but was traded as part of the Eric Lindros trade to the Quebec Nordiques before playing any games for the Flyers. He has also played for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers where he split the season as a left wing and right wing, New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild.

In 1996, he won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. Each player on the winning team is given 24 hours alone with the Cup. Simon took it to his hometown of Wawa, Ontario. After showing it to the townspeople he and his maternal grandfather took the Cup on a fishing trip.

Simon was a member of the Washington Capitals when they went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. He had been enjoying great offensive success that season until a shoulder injury knocked him out for much of the playoff run. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in December 1998. He was the team's leading goal scorer in the 1999–2000 season with 29 goals in 75 games. He also made it to the Stanley Cup finals with the Calgary Flames in 2004, and played for the Flames for two seasons before being signed as a free agent in 2006 by the New York Islanders and was then traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 6th round draft pick.

Chris Simon is of Ojibwa descent, and was born in Wawa, Ontario. Chris Simon is seen as a role model to Native Canadians for his accomplishments in the NHL.

Simon was involved in numerous on-ice incidents and was suspended eight times for his conduct, for a grand total of 65 games.

On November 8, 1997, during a game against the Edmonton Oilers, Simon was suspended three games for using his stick to hit Edmonton's Mike Grier. Grier allegedly made derogatory comments about Simon's Ojibwa heritage, and Simon allegedly responded with a racial slur (supposedly calling Grier, who is black, a "nigger") before hitting Grier, although the words spoken between the two players were never confirmed. Simon flew to Toronto to apologize to Grier, who accepted. Grier and Simon were later teammates for a brief time in 2002 with the Washington Capitals.

On March 8, 2007, the Islanders faced the rival New York Rangers, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial 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 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. According to ESPN's Barry Melrose, Hollweg escaped serious injury because Simon's blow caught his shoulder pads before hitting his face.

Simon was automatically suspended indefinitely by the NHL due to his match penalty pending ruling by the league commissioner. On March 11, Simon's suspension was set at a minimum of 25 games, and it continued into the first five games of the 2007–08 season. The Nassau County district attorney considered filing criminal charges against Simon, but declined. Hollweg later told Newsday that he was not interested in pressing charges.

On March 10, Simon issued a statement in which he apologized to Hollweg and the league and said that there is "absolutely no place in hockey" for what he did. He asserted that he did not remember much about the incident because he was "completely out of it" as a result of the concussion.

On December 15, 2007, at 14:06 of the third period of a home game against Pittsburgh, Tim Jackman and Jarkko Ruutu exchanged words between the teams' benches during a stoppage of play. Simon skated in behind Ruutu and pulled Ruutu's leg back with his own. When Ruutu fell to his knees, Simon stomped on the back of Ruutu's right leg with his skate and then went to the bench. Simon was given a match penalty for attempt to injure and ejected from the game.

The following Monday, Simon agreed to go on indefinite paid leave from the team, saying there was "no excuse" for his actions and that he needed some time away from hockey. However, the next day, Simon was suspended without pay for 30 games, the third-longest suspension for an on-ice incident in modern NHL history behind a 41-game suspension to Raffi Torres in 2015 and a one-year suspension handed down to Marty McSorley in 2000 (though McSorley only sat out 23 games before his contract expired and he left the NHL). League disciplinarian Colin Campbell said that in his opinion, Simon had "repeatedly evidence(d) the lack of ability to control his actions," and also stressed that this was his eighth disciplinary hearing. Following the suspension, Simon returned to play one more game with the New York Islanders before being traded to the Minnesota Wild.

After Chris Pronger was not initially disciplined by the NHL when he stomped on Ryan Kesler's leg in March 2008, Simon decried what he saw as unfair and unequal treatment. On March 15, 2008, the NHL suspended Pronger for 8 games.

Simon was suspended for one game in a 2000 playoff series against Pittsburgh for cross checking Peter Popovic across the throat on April 13, 2000. He was given two-game suspensions, first on April 5, 2001, for elbowing Anders Eriksson, and twice more in 2004 for cross checking Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko and then jumping on and punching him, and for kneeing Dallas's Sergei Zubov.


Experts tell that the suicide of a second hockey player in a week highlights brain injury risk and a culture of denial in NHL, March 20, 2024
After two players died as a result of suspected brain injury in just one week, top neuroscientists have accused the National Hockey League of "blatantly deny" the game's allegedly lethal effects. Chris Simon, a former NHL star, was found to have committed suicide earlier this week as a result of a battle with a deadly brain injury. The news appeared only days after Konstantin Koltsov's suicide. Dr Chris Nowinski, a neuroscientist and founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, referred to Hockey players as "boxers on ice," referring to the sport's danger of degenerative brain injury in a newspaper. The science into whether the game caused the lethal injuries is 'black and white,' according to him.

Former Canadiens enforcer Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan says it's much more difficult than critics blame Chris Simon's suicide due to head injury and NHL brawls.', March 20, 2024
The age-old debate over violence and head injury in hockey was revived this week by Chris Simon, a long-serving NHL enforcer whose career included 102 majors over his 15-year career. However, Chris 'Knuckles' Nilan, a 66-year-old former Montreal Canadiens enforcer, isn't the only potential perpetrator. Nilan questioned the conclusion that fighting inherently leads to CTE, but instead, argue that violent checks are mainly responsible for head injury in hockey.

Chris Simon, a former NHL player, died by suicide at the age of 52, but his relatives say the Stanley Cup champion'struggled a lot' in the war against CTE in a heartbreaking way, March 20, 2024
Chris Simon, a former NHL enforcer, died by suicide at the age of 52, according to his family. He'struggled extensively' in his fight against chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, according to the patients. 'The family is adamantly aware and witnessed firsthand that Chris suffered so much from CTE that unfortunately resulted in his death,' the post, written by Simon's former agent, Paul Theofanous, read.'