Charlie Simmer

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Charlie Simmer
Born(1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 60)
Terrace Bay, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionForward
ShotLeft
Played forNHL
California Seals
Cleveland Barons
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL
Springfield Indians
National team Canada
NHL Draft39th overall, 1974
California Seals
WHA Draft26th overall, 1974
Cleveland Crusaders
Playing career1974–1992
 
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Charlie Simmer
Born(1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 60)
Terrace Bay, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionForward
ShotLeft
Played forNHL
California Seals
Cleveland Barons
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL
Springfield Indians
National team Canada
NHL Draft39th overall, 1974
California Seals
WHA Draft26th overall, 1974
Cleveland Crusaders
Playing career1974–1992

Charles Robert Simmer (born March 20, 1954 in Terrace Bay, Ontario) is a retired ice hockey forward, most notably for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League, who was notable for his scoring and power play prowess.

Playing career[edit]

After a junior career with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey Association that saw him score 99 points in his only season of 1973–74, Simmer was selected in the third round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, 39th overall, by the California Golden Seals of the NHL. He split his first three professional seasons between the Seals and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL, meeting success in the minors but receiving limited playing time in the NHL. The Seals relocated to Cleveland in 1976, but Simmer received little more playing time.

He was traded in 1977 to the Los Angeles Kings, but spent the season with the Springfield Indians of the AHL, winning All-Star accolades. The next season Simmer was promoted halfway through the campaign to the Kings, and scored 21 goals in 39 games.

While with the Kings, he played left wing on the "Triple Crown Line" with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor, one of the most potent and famed forward lines of the era. Despite injuries costing him significant playing time, Simmer had back-to-back 56-goal seasons and was further named an NHL First Team All-Star in 1980 and 1981. In the latter season, Simmer almost accomplished one of hockey's most difficult feats: scoring 50 goals in 50 games, with 50 in 51 games. That same season, Mike Bossy became only the second player in NHL history to score 50 in 50. Simmer's shooting percentage of 32.75 in 1981 was, and remains, an NHL record.

Charlie Simmer awaiting a face off with Brian Sutter of the St. Louis Blues (pictured right) and Bruins teammate Mike Milbury (pictured left) at the Boston Garden on March 21, 1985. (Final Score: Bruins 1-Blues 1/OT)

Simmer was traded at the beginning of the 1985 season to the Boston Bruins, where despite the cumulative effects of several injuries throughout his career, he starred for three more seasons. In 1986, Simmer won the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey.

Simmer played his final NHL season for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988. He subsequently played the 1989 season for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga, and after a season off, parts of two seasons as a player-coach for the minor league San Diego Gulls before retiring.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1971–72Kenora MuskiesMJHL4514314577
1972–73Kenora MuskiesMJHL48436811157
1973–74Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHA70455499137
1974–75California Golden SealsNHL358132126
1974–75Salt Lake Golden EaglesCHL4712294186
1975–76California Golden SealsNHL2111222
1975–76Salt Lake Golden EaglesCHL4223163996
1976–77Cleveland BaronsNHL2420216
1976–77Salt Lake Golden EaglesCHL5132306237
1977–78Los Angeles KingsNHL30002
1977–78Springfield IndiansAHL7542418310040115
1978–79Los Angeles KingsNHL372127481621012
1978–79Springfield IndiansAHL3913233633
1979–80Los Angeles KingsNHL6456451016532020
1980–81Los Angeles KingsNHL65564910562
1981–82Los Angeles KingsNHL501524394210471122
1982–83Los Angeles KingsNHL8029518051
1983–84Los Angeles KingsNHL7944489278
1984–85Los Angeles KingsNHL51014
1984–85Boston BruinsNHL633330633552242
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL553624604230004
1986–87Boston BruinsNHL802940695910002
1987–88Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL5011172824
1988–89Eintracht Frankfurt1.GBun3619325168412313
1990–91San Diego GullsIHL431672363
1991–92San Diego GullsIHL10000
NHL totals71234236971154424991832

Retirement[edit]

Simmer finished his NHL career with 711 points (342 goals, 369 assists) in 712 career games. At the time of his retirement, he was the last California Golden Seal and the last NHL Cleveland Baron active in professional hockey (Denis Maruk being the last NHL player to play in the NHL having been a Golden Seal and Baron).

He was formerly married to one-time Playboy Playmate of the Year Terri Welles; the couple had one daughter. Today, Simmer is a part-time color commentator for the Calgary Flames.

Awards and achievements[edit]

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Preceded by
Anders Hedberg
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
1986
Succeeded by
Doug Jarvis
Preceded by
Mike Bossy
NHL Goal Leader
1980

(tied with Danny Gare and Blaine Stoughton)

Succeeded by
Mike Bossy