Chris Simon, who won Stanley Cup with Avalanche, dead at 52


Chris Simon, a former NHL ahead who gained a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, has died, the staff introduced on Tuesday. He was 52.

Simon died Monday evening in his hometown of Wawa, Ontario, Canada, based on an NHL Players’ Association spokesperson who was in contact with the previous participant’s agent. A reason for loss of life wasn’t instantly made recognized.

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Chris Simon (Bruce Bennett Studios by way of Getty Photographs Studios/File)

“Chris was an ideal man, a beloved teammate and an necessary a part of our first championship season,” Avalanche staff president Joe Sakic mentioned in a press release. “He was a extremely good hockey participant who may rating objectives, was an enormous presence within the dressing room and was the primary individual to face up and defend his teammates. Off the ice, he was an unbelievable man and a caring father, son, brother and buddy. He will likely be sorely missed.”

The NHL put out a press release as properly.

“The Nationwide Hockey League mourns the passing of Chris Simon, who performed in additional than 800 NHL video games over 15 seasons,” the league mentioned. “A fierce competitor and teammate, Simon gained the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and reached the 1998 Stanley Cup Ultimate with Washington in addition to the 2004 Stanley Cup Ultimate with Calgary.”

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Chris Simon with the Flames

Chris Simon, left, is proven throughout his days with the Calgary Flames in 2006. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press by way of AP/File)

“Our honest condolences exit to his household, associates and former teammates.”

Gamers union spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon mentioned Simon’s youngsters and household had been grieving over the sudden loss.

“For an enormous robust participant, he was additionally a really form, caring particular person who was at all times respectful and grateful for recommendation,” his former agent, Larry Kelly, instructed the Related Press.

Simon performed within the NHL from 1992 to 2008.

He additionally frolicked with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild.

Chris Simon with the Rangers

New York Rangers’ Chris Simon celebrates his second-period purpose in opposition to the New York Islanders on Feb. 26, 2004, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (AP Photograph/Ed Betz)

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He scored 72 objectives in 320 video games.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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