Chris Simon played in the NHL and the KHL.
WashingtonCaps.com (WC.com): What was your time with the Washington Capitals like? Any memories that stand out throughout your career?
Chris Simon (CS): Playing in Washington was a lot of fun for me. Looking back at that part of my career brings a smile to my face. It was then that I started to become the complete player that I knew I could be. The team and the fans were always great to me and it gave me the confidence I needed to succeed.
WC.com: You are still playing in a competitive league after over two decades in a sport that many people don't last one decade in. What do you attribute your success and longevity to?
CS: To be able to play hockey this long has a lot to do with my personal trainer, T.R. Goodman. He taught me what I needed to do to stay healthy with all the problems I had with my shoulder and back injuries. I think it was a lot of hard work and some luck too.
WC.com: After your NHL career you went to the KHL. What are some of the differences between the two leagues?
CS: The biggest difference is the size of the ice surface in the KHL - Olympic size - which is bigger than NHL rinks. There is less body checking and a lot more puck control in the KHL.
WC.com: How much longer would you like to play professional hockey?
CS: I will play until I am not enjoying the game or not get offered a contract; what else could be better than getting paid for something I would do for free? I love the game and the fans are the main reason I think all of us players enjoy this sport so much.
WC.com: Do you still keep in touch with any of your former Caps teammates?
CS: Some of the guys are on Facebook, but that is pretty much it.
WC.com: You are currently playing for Novokuznetsk Matllurg, what else are you up to overseas?
CS: When we get time off I try to go fishing or ice fishing, but we spend most of the days at the rink. I spend a lot of time at the rink. It's different here with all the practice, workout, video meetings and travel, we do not get much free time.