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Left winger Reid Simpson was born on May 21, 1969 in in Flin Flon, Manitoba. The Flyers drafted the hard-nosed Prince Albert Raiders (Western Hockey League) forward in the fourth round (72nd overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft. At the junior level, the burly 6-foot-1, 210-pound power forward averaged nearly or more than a point-per-game in his latter career. He racked up 264 penalty minutes in 1988-89.

Turning pro, joined the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears for a portion of the 1989-90 season before finishing out the campaign as an overager with Prince Albert. He then spent the next two seasons with Hershey. On April 11, 1992, Simpson made his NHL debut for the Flyers, skating on the fourth line of Bill Dineen's team in a 4-2 road loss to the Hartford Whalers. He did not get on the score sheet.

Simpson never again played for the Flyers. However, he went on to have a 301-game NHL career, posting 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 836 penalty minutes. Simpson primarily played for the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks but also appeared for the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wherever he played, Simpson's primary role at the NHL level was to throw his weight around and police the ice on behalf of teammates.