Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Simmons
Goalie Don Simmons made nearly 250 appearances for three different NHL clubs in the 50s and 60s. He was also known as a durable competitor in the minors during a pro career that lasted nearly 20 years.

Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Simmons played junior with the Galt Rockets and St. Catharines Teepees. In 1951-52 he won 18 games as a rookie pro with the EHL's Springfield Indians and led the league with 31 wins for the club the next season. Both years he was named to the EHL second all-star team.

In 1956-57 he replaced Terry Sawchuk in the Boston Bruins' goal part way through the season and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. He helped the team return to the finals the next season and won a personal high 24 games in 1958-59.

Simmons was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ed Chadwick in 1961 and he was a solid back up to Johnny Bower. In 1962 he won a couple of games in the playoffs while helping the club win the Stanley Cup. By the mid-60s, Simmons found himself in the minors but he responded with 35 wins for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers in 1964-65. He eventually joined the New York Rangers via the Intra-League Draft and led the WHL in wins with the Vancouver Canucks in 1966-67. Simmons played a few games on Manhattan as an injury replacement before retiring in 1969.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1948-49 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 12 0 6.08
1949-50 Port Colborne Sailors OHA-B
1950-51 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 53 3 3.41 6 1 3.17
1951-52 Springfield Indians EAHL 37 18 18 1 0 3.20 3 0 3 0 0 6.33
1952-53 Springfield Indians EAHL 44 31 11 2 0 3.76
1953-54 Johnstown Jets IHL 24 2 2.75 10 6 4 0 1 2.10
1954-55 Springfield Indians AHL 54 30 21 3 2 3.43 4 1 3 0 0 3.72
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 52 13 37 2 0 4.48
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 25 10 12 3 0 3.36
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 26 13 9 4 4 2.42 10 5 5 2 2.90
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 39 15 14 9 5 2.41 11 6 5 1 2.24
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 58 24 26 8 3 3.16
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 28 12 13 3 2 3.25
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 18 3 9 6 1 3.23
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 10 3 7 0 0 5.19
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 51 24 22 5 0 3.31
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 5 3 1 1 2.33 3 2 1 0 2.91
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 15 8 5 1 2.46
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 9 4 5 0 1 3.00
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 9 9 1 3 3.17
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 69 35 26 8 3 3.17 12 6 6 0 1 3.17
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 13 4 6 2 0 3.36
1965-66 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 7 1 0 4.36
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 38 32 2 7 2.95 3 2 0 0 0 1.29
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 5 2 1 2 0 2.60
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 22 9 7 5 0 3.47
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 5 2 2 1 0 2.33
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 5 2 3 0 1 3.24
NHL Totals 249 101 101 41 20 2.88 24 13 11 3 2.59


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1952, 1953)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
WHL First All-Star Team (1967) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1963)
Traded to Boston by Springfield (AHL) for Norm Defelice, future considerations (Floyd Smith), June, 1957) and the loan of Jack Bionda, January 22, 1957. Traded to Toronto by Boston for Ed Chadwick, January 31, 1961. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto (Tulsa - CHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 8, 1965. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, June 10, 1969.
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