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Monday, July 30, 2012

TTM: Todd Simpson

  Todd Simpson played for seven teams during a ten year NHL career.  He was a crease clearing defenceman who set a career high with 15 points in 2001-02 while playing for the Phoenix Coyotes.  He served as the captain of the Calgary Flames for three seasons.  One of Simpson's achievements during his career was a Gordie Howe Hat Trick against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1998.  Todd Simpson fought Darren McCarty six times in his career.  According to Simpson, there was no bad blood, "It just happened, we both played hard.  We both respected each other."  In terms of who got the better of who, "I would say it was even."  In his career, Simpson had 14 goals.  It's his first goal that Simpson remembers as the prettiest goal he ever scored.  His "backhand shelf" goal earned the Flames a tie against the Detroit Red Wings.  Mr. Simpson is now a real estate agent.  I asked Mr. Simpson if there was one skill he learned from hockey that has made him a better, "Mental toughness".  Mr. Simpson signed 3 of 3 and kept the extra copy of the picture as offered.

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