Number 20 – Chris Simon
Chris Simon was born in Wawa on January 30, 1972. Born in the dead of winter only hardened one of the toughest hockey players to ever lace up the skates.
Chris is a second round draft pick going 25th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL entry draft. Never tying his laces up for Philadelphia; Chris was the final piece of the puzzle finalizing the controversial Eric Lindros trade from Quebec to Philadelphia in 1992.
Chris Simon – Playing Career
Never known as a goal scorer (even after a 29 goal season in 1999-2000 while playing for the Washington Capitals), Chris was an absolute force on the ice.
Playing the game with a fearless edge; Chris was was never afraid to stand up for himself or his teammates. A trait that has slowly left the league in recent years.
Chris won the Stanley Cup in the 1995-96 season and achieved a childhood dream by strapping a life-jacket on the Stanley Cup and taking it fishing.
Always with more penalty minutes than points, he seems to always find himself in the wrong spot.
With eight separate suspensions (an amount he shares with someone else on the top 20 list) totaling 65 games, Chris often allowed the passion of the game to get the best of him.
His passion was close to holding him back from achieving his dream. While playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1991-92, Chris was taken under the wings of then Head Coach, Ted Nolan.
Chris Simon – Life after the NHL
Chris is an avid hunter/fisher and can be found on the lakes near Wawa today.
Retiring from the NHL after the 2007-08 season, Chris played 5 years in the KHL (Russia) while ending his career with Novokuznetsk Metallurg.
Being of indigenous decent, Chris has provided many indigenous children with access to hockey schools and opportunities that many would not have had.
Chris is a true believer in giving back to the community. From showcasing the Stanley Cup or signing autographs at the Handy Store in Wawa.
Playing Hockey Against Chris Simon – A Personal Story
Of all 20 players on the list, Chris was the only player I ever went up against (or met).
In 2004-05, the NHL lockout year while many NHLers went to Europe; Chris went home to Wawa, to ice fish.
Dubreuilville hosted a 4 on 4 “Out of Breath” hockey tournament that we both played in. We had one game against each other.
A close game, that we ended up losing, Chris’s strength was on full display during the whole tournament.
He scored on us, with one hand on his stick pushing our goalie into the net while scoring. He slashed my stick out of my hands with force. I grabbed it and skated away.
He ran into a player on one of the other teams and the man (not small) had a bruise from the hip to his shoulder.
Chris made it to the finals (his team lost) but he let a slapshot go that caught the goalie in the shoulder/collar bone area. The goalie was swollen and could barely move his arm at the ending ceremony right after.
The memories of his career will be his suspensions; but this is wrong. He was a force of a player that other teams feared and a season of 29 goals.
A true patriot of Northern Ontario.