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02-14-2008, 09:18 AM
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The Regina Potholes select G Don Simmons.

A bit of a poor man's Wilf Cude/Gerry McNeil, Simmons played 249 NHL gam es (101-101-41, 20 SO) over 13 seasons and was a starter for three years with Boston. In two of those years, he took the Bruins to the finals, only to lose to a powerhouse Montreal team. According to available stats, Simmons was 3rd in the NHL in save percentage in one of those seasons. Also, in 1962, Simmons won two games en route to a Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup while backing up the great Johnny Bower.

A good playoff goalie, Simmons had a career NHL playoff record of 13-11 in 24 games, with 3 shutouts, and a GAA of 2.59, 10% lower than his career average.

His time was not limited to the NHL, however. In 487 other pro games from 1951-1969 where stats are available, he compiled a 221-207-33 record in 487 games, with another 16 shutouts. In the playoffs in these leagues, he had a 15-16 record with 2 shutouts in 32 games. He was named to the WHL first all-star team in 1967, the AHL second all-star team in 1955, and the EAHL second all-star team in 1952 and 1953.

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