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It can be something you leave behind or something you benefit from. In Wayne Simmonds’ case, it’s both.
Simmonds is a prime example of a hockey player lifted by his community to heights that allowed him to represent Canada and find success in the NHL. Now, the Philadelphia Flyers forward is calling on his friends and family to help him return the favour through Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors ball hockey tournament in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont.
The annual event was inspired by a promise he made to his parents that he’d give back to the community if he ever made it big. The idea was originally started with childhood friend Brandon Sinclair who, like Simmonds, also benefited from community initiatives with his adolescent hockey career.
Every summer, 160 kids age eight to 12 get to meet and be coached by NHL players, and even watch them play in a celebrity game.
Will the NHL call him on it?
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This was as much a statement from Alain Vigneault, the coach with the reputation as a peacenik, as it was from the Rangers and Dylan McIlrath.
For while credit is due McIlrath for taking on Wayne Simmonds just 39 seconds into Sunday’s match at the Garden, nine days after the Flyers’ winger concussed Ryan McDonagh with the gloved sucker punch that left the Blueshirts steaming, the rookie would not have had the opportunity if Vigneault hadn’t sent him out for the straight-up match on a draw 26 seconds in.
“Oh, no, I didn’t have to look back [at Vigneault],” McIlrath said after the Rangers’ commanding 3-1 victory that vaulted his team into fifth-overall in the NHL. “I knew I was going to go.”
Watch the fight below...
What do you think?
added 2:26pm, watch the Flyers broadcast point of view below and video is autoplay.
from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,
Want to make an NHL player bristle? Just follow these easy steps:
(a) stand a foot away from him;
(b) remind him his team missed the playoffs last season;
(c) ask him if his team is rebuilding.
The experiment works like a charm on Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds between training sessions at BioSteel’s 2015 hockey camp, where players from all over the league – and other leagues – gather to compete, hone their skills and rehabilitate. Reminded of the Flyers’ sixth-place finish in the Metropolitan division, and asked whether a new coach and large shipment of elite young defense prospects signifies a rebuild, Simmonds shakes his head so fast you can practically see the sweat fly.
“No,” he said, recoiling slightly, brow furrowed. “We’re a good team right now.”
Simmonds says the only thing that kept his Flyers out of the big dance in 2014-15 was a tendency to play to their opponents’ levels, holding their own against Cup contenders but struggling against teams equal to or below them in the standings. The stats confirm Simmonds’ theory. Philly went 14-15-8 (.486) against teams that missed the playoffs and 19-16-10 (.533) against playoff teams last season. The discrepancy was even more pronounced in the Flyers’ division, where they went 3-8-3 (.321) against the non-playoff Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets versus 9-5-2 (.625) against the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The Flyers' win over Chicago on Wednesday night came at a price.
Forward Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald will both miss the remaining seven games of the season, general manager Ron Hextall announced after the game. Both players blocked shots in the third period, resulting in apparent fractures.
Simmonds limped off the bench at the end of the game with a left leg injury. MacDonald appeared to get caught with a shot on his right hand.
Simmonds, 26, scored his 100th career goal as a Flyer (284 games) earlier in the night. He will ultimately fall short of the elusive 30-goal plateau - ending his season with 28, one short of the career-high 29 he set last year. Only 9 players in the NHL currently have 30 goals.
MacDonald, 29, finishes out a trying first full season with the Flyers with another injury. He injured his knee in October, causing him to miss 10 consecutive games until Nov. 19. After that, he's been a healthy scratch for six games at varying times in the year, including three in a row after missing a game to attend the funeral of his grandmother in Nova Scotia. He admitted playing under the expectations of a six-year, $30 million deal has been burdensome.
The My Story series profiles Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and his perseverance against odds to make the NHL
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Wayne Simmonds may be one of the league’s most underrated players, with an impressive 24-goal, 54-point campaign he brings into Wednesday’s action. Though Giroux is pacing the field in scoring (24 goals, 50 assists), Simmonds ranks second among the Flyers, ahead of even Jakub Voracek. His contributions on the power play and in the defensive end have been absolutely vital in helping the Flyers solidify their position for a playoff spot with 11 games remaining.
The 25-year-old Toronto native has five goals in his past five games, while the Flyers have secured eight of 10 possible points in the standings during that span.
"He’s been a very good player for us. One of our most consistent guys," Flyers coach Craig Berube said Wednesday after the team's morning skate at Madison Square Garden.
While the Flyers still have some question marks lingering -- defense and goaltending chief among them, and a lack of even-strength success -- specialty teams have undoubtedly been the club’s biggest strength. The Flyers rank in the top 10 in both their power play and penalty kill and boast the league’s best power-play unit on the road with a dazzling 25.8 percent.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...
Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”
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Simmonds did not receive any penalty for this hit on Tyler Ennis.
He did receive 5 for fighting while Mike Weber received 2 for instigator, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.
Ennis did not return to play.
"It's more intense than anything I had in the Western Conference. Anaheim was our biggest rivalry when I played with L.A. But last year, when I stepped on the ice, it felt like both teams wanted to take each others' heads off. It definitely makes for exciting hockey for the fans, and as a player, these are the type of games that I like to play in. I can't wait to get it started tonight."
-Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins. More on tonight's game from Sam Carchidi of Broad Steet Bull.
Wayne Simmonds was on the receiving end and has not played since plus no penalty on the play.
Erksine did get challenged by Zac Rinaldo and both received 5 for fighting and a 10.
Make sure to catch the stick swing by Hartnell at the very end of the video.
from Jennifer O’Brien of the London Free Press,
The man accused of throwing a banana at black NHL player Wayne Simmonds during a preseason game in London last week had no idea about the racial overtone of bananas thrown at black athletes, lawyer Faisal Joseph said Wednesday.
Christopher Moorhouse, 26, is charged with a provincial offence, engaging in a banned activity under the Trespass Act.
“He is extremely remorseful and he is very concerned about his own personal safety because this has been played over the last several days as a racial hate crime and nothing could be further from the truth,” Joseph said.
“He never even thought of the connection between the banana and the player. His only genuine desire when he threw it on to the ice was to distract the opposing team from scoring a goal.”
With public outrage swirling over the case, London police Chief Brad Duncan urged people to resist vigilante action.
London Police have publicly identified a suspect in connection with last week’s banana throwing incident at the John Labatt Centre.
The announcement was made by Police Chief Brad Duncan in a news conference late Wednesday morning at Police headquarters.
“26-year-old Christopher Moorhouse of London has been charged with engaged in a prohibited activity on a premises under the trespass to property act, a provincial statute.” said Duncan.
“Mr.Moorhouse has been served with a part three summons, and if convicted of this offence - could be liable to a fine of not more than $2,000. This is a provincial offence and not a criminal charge, and will be dealt with in the provincial offenses court.”
Two pictures of the suspect are available at the above link.
TORONTO (September 27, 2011)—Colin Campbell, National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, today released the following statement regarding an altercation during Monday night’s pre-season game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers:
“All Players, Coaches and Officials in the National Hockey League deserve the respect of their peers, and have the absolute right to function in a work environment that is free from racially or sexually-based innuendo or derision. This is the National Hockey League’s policy and it will remain so going forward.
from Debora Van Brenk of the London Free Press,
London, Ont., police have the name of a person they think tossed a banana at Wayne Simmonds during a NHL pre-season game in London last week - an incident many have said was racially motivated.
“We have information that’s been given to us . . . and that obviously means a name has come forward,” Const. Dennis Rivest said Tuesday.
He said no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing, he said.
More than one person who contacted police and the John Labatt Centre, where the banana-throwing took place, mentioned the same name, he said.
From Greg Wyshinski at Puck Daddy
You want unrestricted access?
Be careful what you wish for.
But the truth is: We don’t really want unrestricted access, do we? HBO’s “24/7”, for all its glory, wasn’t a few episodes of raw footage. It was constructed by editors, probably vetted by the League, and anything that came close to the Simmonds/Avery affair was left on the editing room floor.
(Unless you really believe there was no crossing-the-line trash talk at any of the games HBO covered, which would either be miraculous or an argument for better quality audio equipment.)
The rink is a cesspool of lawlessness and unconscionable behavior that exists solely to gain a competitive advantage. Forgive the Sin City cliché, but in most cases what happens on the ice stays on the ice, or is later avenged on the ice.
via Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Via email, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that the NHL is “looking into” what happened tonight in the first period of the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
“We have [the] ability to discipline for language used on the ice,” Daly told ESPNNewYork.com via email, although he noted that the league has never employed that authority in the case of an anti-gay slur.
Daly refrained from immediate judgment because he had not yet seen the video slip of Simmonds calling Rangers winger Sean Avery a homophobic slur.
While he joined in with the rest of the hockey world in condemning an ugly racial incident at an NHL preseason game Thursday night, African-American Avalanche forward Greg Mauldin doesn’t believe racism is pervasive in the game.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. But I think it was an isolated incident. I don’t think that speaks for the entire hockey community. There’s a lot of great hockey fans out there, so one person shouldn’t tarnish that,” Mauldin said.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Often as the only black player on his team, growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds dealt with his fair share of racial slurs on the ice as he climbed the hockey ladder.
Few experiences could have prepared him for what happened on Thursday night, as a fan in the John Labatt Centre threw a banana peel at Simmonds as he skated in alone on a shootout attempt during a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
“I caught it from the side of my eye,” Simmonds said. “It was a banana. Hopefully, that wasn’t directed towards me being black.
“Because if it was, that’s just somebody being ignorant.”
added 8:34am, from the CP at TSN,
Kevin Weekes, a former NHL goaltender and current CBC colour commentator who is black, expressed his disgust over the incident on his Twitter account.
“For those that asked: I’m extremely disappointed with what happened to Wayne Simmonds tonight in London Ont,” he posted. “We’ve taken HUGE steps to grow the game of hockey,as I speak Willie O’Ree and I are in D.C attending the Black Congressional Caucus on behalf of the NHL & ironically this takes place.”
NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2011)—Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding an incident at Thursday night’s pre-season game between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in London, Ontario:
“We have millions of great fans who show tremendous respect for our players and for the game. The obviously stupid and ignorant action by one individual is in no way representative of our fans or the people of London, Ontario.”
added 10:58am, via MetroNews,
“As Mayor, and on behalf of Londoners, I am sending an apology to Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers organization regarding the incident at last night’s exhibition game,” the statement reads. “It was a stupid and mindless act by a single individual, however it reflects badly on our entire community. London is a diverse and welcoming city and we like it that way.”
added 1:46pm, Not a very good video, but a fan uploaded one to YouTube which you can watch below.
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.”
If you had asked an LA Kings fan who they would have wanted to trade a few months ago, it’s all but assured that few would have quickly volunteered the name of Wayne Simmonds to be at the top of the list. And while I’m sure Kings fans are pleased with the return they received for the feisty winger, I’m equally as sure they are sad to see him go.
Welcome to the Flyers, Wayne Simmonds.
via a Philadelphia Flyers tweet, Per GM Paul Holmgren, #Flyers have signed RW Wayne Simmonds to a multi-year contract extension.
added 4:43pm, Reports are $1.75M per year for two years.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
First, here’s the official update on Wayne Simmonds, from Terry Murray. As earlier noted, Simmonds did not practice this morning.
MURRAY: “He’s not coming with us on the trip. He had some swelling overnight, so with that, we’re going to leave him behind to get therapy, and he will get an MRI done on Monday, tomorrow. We’ll get a better idea, then, of what the extent of it all is, but there’s just too much swelling here, right now, to bring him on the trip, hoping that maybe he would be a part of the second game. It’s not going to happen.”
Now, for the hit. I’ll post the video a bit later, but for those who didn’t see the play, Simmonds’ injury took place after Drew Doughty leveled Edmonton’s Taylor Hall early in the second period. A full-team scrum quickly developed, and Simmonds got injured when Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky grabbed him from behind and pulled him down, with Simmonds’ leg seemingly getting caught underneath him as he got tangled in a mass of bodies.
continue to read what Murray thinks about these scrums after a clean hit…
Also, I posted the video earlier today of the Doughty hit, so go back to it and see how Simmonds hurt his knee too…
The only video I could find of the Wayne Simmonds butt-end on T.J. Galiardi last night. If you go full screen, you can see it much better.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
When the even-keel, fatherly Terry Murray publicly calls out a player, you know he’s really not happy. Today, Murray took a relatively benign question about Wayne Simmonds’ production (or lack thereof) and scoring chances this season and issued a fairly strong-worded analysis of Simmonds’ play through the first three games of this season. Simmonds has zero points in three games, and had only one shot on goal before his three-shot effort against Atlanta on Tuesday…
MURRAY: “I need Simmer to be a better player than what he is right now. We’ve had a couple of meetings, he and I, and the assistant coaches have sat down and reviewed some video. The most important thing for him is to get his feet going, get skating better, on a more consistent basis. When he’s playing that straight-line game with an edge, with grit and battling along the boards, that’s the best kind of player. Right now, he seems to be a little hesitant in his game, and as a result you get caught in between and it looks real bad.
via Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Terry Murray didn’t mind the Rick Rypien/Rich Clune fight, won hands-down by Rypien.
But he called Shane O’Brien a “clown” for the way he celebrated a narrow decision over Wayne Simmonds seven seconds earlier.
After Simmonds and O’Brien went to the ice with O’Brien on top, the Canucks defenceman got up like he was Tie Domi after thumping Bob Probert, first raising his index finger in the air like he’s No. 1, then waving his hands at the crowd with his palm uplifted.
“You don’t need to rub it in at the end of a fight, skating around with your hands in the air acting like the clown that he is,” Murray said.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
I must admit, I did a double take when I saw Wayne Simmonds come out of the locker room this morning. I thought maybe he would skate at some point, on his own, but I don’t think anyone expected to see Simmonds participating in full practice drills one week after his knee procedure. As far as Terry Murray is concerned, Simmonds is back.
via Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider,
In his postgame talk with the media, Terry Murray said Wayne Simmonds will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. No timetable for his return has been set, but such a procedure typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, if not a couple months.
Murray also said that Ryan Smyth will not play in any of the three games in Canada, and that he expects Smyth to return on Dec. 26 at Phoenix.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
I’ll never forget seeing Wayne Simmonds in his first development camp. He was running around, all speed and energy, but it seemed as though a strong breeze might blow him over. The major, obvious question about Simmonds was whether he would ever get enough bulk to fill out his 6-foot-2 frame and be big enough for opponents to take note of (and not push around).
Simmonds has become stronger and showed himself to be ready on the defensive end last season, and is he now ready to step forward offensively? He had nine goals last season, but tied for the team lead with five during this preseason. I have said previously that I believe Simmonds has 20-goal potential. I don’t know if he will get there, but I think there’s a chance. Here’s what Terry Murray said today about Simmonds’ development.
via Empty Netters,
Malkin clearly went after the player’s head. Additionally, there was less than 10 seconds left in the game. If that’s a Flyer delivering a blow, the suspension is almost automatic. Malkin shouldn’t be exempt because he’s a star player. But the NHL has a game on NBC Sunday to worry about so don’t expect Colin Campbell and company to take any action on this.