• Simpson recorded his first WHL shutout in his first career start, stopping 28 shots and being named the first star of the game.
• He is coached in Everett by former NHL coach Craig Hartsburg and was a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship as well as Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
• Simpson, who was the last pick of the first round (22nd overall) in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, patterns his game after Cam Ward because “he has a good butterfly, plays very efficiently and is very composed.”
• Away from the rink, the 2009-2010 Everett Silvertips Scholastic Player of the Year Award winner, also enjoys playing golf and the guitar.
NHL Team: Edmonton Oilers NHL Player: Marc-Andre Fleury Shootout move: “Glove save” Video Game: Call of Duty Movie: The Guardian TV Show: Seinfeld Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio Cartoon: The Simpsons Website: goaliestore.com Pump-up song: “New Noise” by Refused Restaurant: Jack’s Grill Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse Breakfast food: Waffles Superhero: Superman
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk