Chris Simon in action during his NHL career
Former NHL enforcer Chris Simon dies at 52.

The hockey world is mourning the loss of Chris Simon, a former enforcer whose physical presence on the ice was legendary. Simon passed away on Monday at the age of 52; the cause of death has not been disclosed.

Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990, his career took off as part of the famed Eric Lindros trade, sending him to the Quebec Nordiques. Simon won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, reaching the Finals twice more with the Washington Capitals (’98) and Calgary Flames (’04). The Wawa, Ontario, native was a dominant force, amassing 1,824 penalty minutes over 782 NHL games.

Chris Simon, NHL Enforcer, and Stanley Cup Champion Remembered

While known for his toughness, Simon was no one-trick pony. He possessed a scoring touch, netting 144 goals in his career, with a personal best of 29 goals in the 1999-00 season with Washington. Proud of his Ojibwa heritage, Simon was a role model for Indigenous hockey players.

Simon played during an era when fighting was far more prevalent. While his on-ice actions sometimes drew controversy, his impact on the game is undeniable. His fierce competitive spirit and willingness to protect teammates made him a respected figure in the league.

The hockey community sends its condolences to Simon’s family and friends. His legacy as a relentless competitor and Stanley Cup champion will endure.

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