Stanley Cup champion Chris Simon’s family says NHL veteran died by suicide, points to CTE link


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The household of Stanley Cup champion Chris Simon “strongly believes” continual traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) performed a job in his loss of life, they stated Wednesday by way of his agent Paul Theofanous.

Simon, who performed for a number of NHL groups all through his profession, together with with the Colorado Avalanche, died by suicide, his household stated. He was 52.


New York Islanders left wing Chris Simon, #12, warms up earlier than enjoying in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Nov. 20, 2006. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“The household strongly believes, and witnessed firsthand, that Chris struggled immensely from CTE which sadly resulted in his loss of life,” Theofanous’ assertion stated. “We is not going to be releasing any additional particulars right now and ask for privateness throughout this very tough time. We respect everybody who shares in our tragic loss.”

In line with the Alzheimer’s Affiliation, CTE is “a progressive and deadly mind illness related to repeated traumatic mind accidents (TBIs), together with concussions and repeated blows to the top.” CTE has additionally been linked to the event of dementia later in life. It has largely been linked to soccer gamers.

Simon died Monday evening in his hometown of Wawa, Ontario, Canada, in line with an NHL Players’ Association spokesperson who was in contact with the previous participant’s agent.

Chris Simon vs Sharks

San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, left, makes a save on Calgary Flames’ Chris Simon throughout third interval NHL playoff motion in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Sunday, Might 16, 2004. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press through AP, File)


“Chris was an excellent man, a beloved teammate and an vital a part of our first championship season,” Avalanche group president Joe Sakic stated in a press release. “He was a very good hockey participant who may rating targets, was an enormous presence within the dressing room and was the primary particular person to face up and defend his teammates. Off the ice, he was an unbelievable man and a caring father, son, brother and good friend. He might 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 stated. “A fierce competitor and teammate, Simon gained the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and reached the 1998 Stanley Cup Last with Washington in addition to the 2004 Stanley Cup Last with Calgary.”

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

Chris Simon with the Rangers

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

He performed within the NHL from 1992 to 2008. He additionally hung out with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild.


He scored 72 targets in 320 video games.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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