Wayne Simmonds announces retirement at age 35

Wayne Simmonds (Pens Through My Lens, Wikimedia Commons)

National Hockey League right winger Wayne Simmonds of Scarborough, Ontario has retired from the National Hockey League at age 35 according to Hunter Crowther of Daily Faceoff on Monday. He played 15 seasons in the NHL from 2008 to 2023. Simmonds was with the Los Angeles Kings from 2008 to 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers from 2011 to 2019, the Nashville Predators in 2019, the New Jersey Devils from 2019 to 2020, the Buffalo Sabres from 2019 to 2020, and the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2020 to 2023.

Last season Simmonds had two assists in 18 games with the Maple Leafs. He was a +1 with 49 penalty minutes, nine shots on goal, four faceoff wins, seven blocked shots, 44 hits, and three takeaways.

In 1037 NHL games, Simmonds had 263 goals and 263 assists for 526 points in 1037 games. He was a -92 with 1313 penalty minutes, 170 power play points, four shorthanded points, 44 game-winning goals, 2130 shots on goal, 104 faceoff wins, 466 blocked shots, 1913 hits, 397 takeaways and 401 giveaways.

Simmomds won the Messier Award for Leadership in 2018-19. That year he split his time with the Flyers and Predators.

Twice in Simmonds’s career he had 60 points in a season, a career high. He had 29 goals and 31 assists during the 2013-14 season and 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points in the 2015-16 season. At the international level, Simmonds won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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