Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/21/11 at 11:58 AM ET
from Jabari Young of CSNPhilly,
To this day, that outwork-everyone-else attitude has been the primary component to Simmonds’ game. It’s also what he considered the biggest challenge to being a black hockey player. In his eyes, either he works hard every time, or he gets the ax.
“The moment you stop [working hard], someone else is probably going to come take your spot, and you’re going to get knocked back down … so you have to work as hard as you can all the time. One hundred percent of the time, every single time you’re out there.”
And that could be one of the reasons why the Flyers had their eyes on Simmonds when they completed their summer housecleaning that sent Mike Richards to the Kings and Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I think I bring a certain level of physicality,” Simmonds said. “I like to finish my checks, go to the net, and I’m not afraid to drop the gloves for my teammates, either.”
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