Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Sims
When Al Sims left Toronto to embark on an NHL career in 1973, he had sold himself on playing with the team's AHL affiliate Boston Braves. Between the time he left home and the time he hit the ice at the Bruins training camp, some self-confidence began to shine through. He made the team, and the rookie was teamed on defence with future Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.

After playing two seasons of junior hockey with the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL, where he was named a first all-star in 1973, the Boston Bruins selected Sims in the '73 Amateur Draft. After making the team, he played the whole season in Boston and saw his first action in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins made it all the way to the Cup finals, only to fall to the Flyers in six games.

Sims played with the Bruins for five more seasons, spending some time with their AHL affiliate Rochester Americans, where he was a member of the AHL second all-star team in 1977. The Hartford Whalers claimed the defenceman in the 1979 Expansion Draft, and he played two seasons with the Whalers before being claimed in the Waiver Draft of 1981 by the L.A. Kings.

In his two seasons with the Kings' organization, Sims spent most of his time in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks. There, he was named to the AHL's second all-star team in 1983. At the end of the 1982-83 season, Sims left North America to play in Switzerland, Germany, and Britain until 1988.

Sims stepped behind the bench in 1988 as an assistant coach in the IHL with the Fort Wayne Komets. He became the head coach in 1989 and led the team to a Turner Cup Championship in 1993 and was awarded the IHL's Commissioner's Trophy as the coach of the year. Sims made his return to the NHL in 1993-94 as an assistant coach to Ron Wilson and the Mighty Ducks until 1996.

He took over the head coaching duties for the San Jose Sharks in the 1996-97 season, but headed back to the IHL as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. Sims posted a winning record and a playoff berth in each of the three seasons he stood behind the bench and then joined the Reading Royals in 2001 for the team's inaugural year in the ECHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 58 6 24 30 65 16 2 9 11 15
1971-72 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1972-73 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 62 13 62 75 54 12 2 5 7 8
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 76 3 9 12 22 +64 16 0 0 0 12
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 75 4 8 12 73 +29
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 48 4 3 7 43 +6 1 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Rochester Americans AHL 21 4 5 9 12 7 1 4 5 11
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 80 10 32 42 42 12 2 9 11 12
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 43 2 8 10 6 +11 8 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 31 6 13 19 12
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 67 9 20 29 28 +22 11 0 2 2 0
1978-79 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 1 1 4
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 10 31 41 30 +9 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 16 36 52 68 -20
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 1 1 2 16 -3
1981-82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 51 4 27 31 53
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 76 18 50 68 46 12 3 3 6 10
1983-84 Geneve-Servette HC Swiss-2
1984-85 EV Landshut W.Ger-2 16 8 12 20 28 4 0 4 4 8
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 3 6 9 2
1985-86 Berliner SC Preussen W.Ger-2 17 7 11 18 29
1986-87 Fife Flyers Britain 36 52 86 138 95 5 6 11 17 0
1987-88 Fife Flyers Britain 30 33 42 75 51 6 5 11 16 2
1988-89 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 61 7 30 37 32 6 2 2 4 2
1989-1993 Fort Wayne Komets IHL
1993-1996 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHLMGNT
1996-1997 San Jose Sharks NHLMGNT
1997-2000 Milwaukee Admirals IHL
NHL Totals 475 49 116 165 286 41 0 2 2 14


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1973)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1977, 1983)
Claimed by Hartford from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Claimed by Los Angeles from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1981.
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