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GETTING TO KNOW...CHRIS SIMON

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Chris Simon was born in Wawa, Ontario to father John, a member of the Ojibwa tribe and mother Linda. Chris has been to three Stanley Cup finals with three different teams: Colorado, Washington and Calgary, winning in 1996 with the Avalanche. Chris is married to wife Valerie and has two sons and two daughters.

 

Pop Culture Challenge

Favorite non-North American city: Haven't been outside of North America
Best NHL Fighter: Rick Tocchet
Favorite TV Show: The Sopranos
Best arena outside Long Island: Bell Centre in Montreal
Worst Arena: RBC Center in Carolina
Do you like the shootout? No
Which team do you most look forward to playing? All of them
Green Day or Eminem? Eminem
Batman or Superman? Neither
What actor would play you in a movie? Russell Crowe
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Like the color orange? Yes
What do you like about Long Island? I like the neighborhoods
If you could have dinner with two people who would they be? Muhammed Ali and Crazy Horse (A Great Indian Chief)
Favorite thing about Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: The kindness of the people
What event in history would you like to have been a part of? Live in a time when people lived off of the land


A self scouting report:
"I'm a physical player that needs to play that way to create offensive chances. I've always been a guy who has stood up for himself and my teammates."

On his early hockey career:
"I started playing hockey when I was four or five, and played on a team when I was that young. Later, I got drafted to the Ottawa 67's in the OHL and from the there got traded to the Greyhounds of the OHL. I got drafted by the Flyers in 1990 and it's been great from there."

On his hockey coaches:
"I've had a lot of great coaches. I can't pick just one as my most influential. It's no secret that Ted (Nolan) helped me a lot in Juniors, so through Juniors it would have to be him. It's great to be back playing under him again. In the NHL, I've had a lot of different coaches who have helped me in different ways."

On the best leaders he's played with:
"There are two guys that come to mind. The first would be Steve Konowalchuk who I played with for a long time. Steve's everyday habits were great to see. For young players he's the type of guy you want around. The other would be Mark Messier who I played with on the Rangers. Mark to me is the ultimate leader. The way he carries himself and the way he makes people feel around the rink is awesome."

 

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