February 15, 1967 |
London, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Left wing / right wing|
|Played for||Edmonton Oilers
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1985
Craig Andrew Simpson (born February 15, 1967) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey winger who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres. He is currently a broadcaster, involved in Hockey Night in Canada telecasts.
He was drafted in the first round, second overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Midway through his third NHL season, he was traded as part of a package to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Paul Coffey. Simpson blossomed in Edmonton, playing on a line with future Hall of Famers Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson. He scored a career high 56 regular season goals during the 1987–88 season, and won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers, in 1988 and 1990. He would be dealt to the Buffalo Sabres prior to the 1993-94 season.
Simpson suffered a serious back injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 1, 1993. Though he continued to play, the injury would eventually end his playing career at age 28. He retired as a player in 1996, finishing with 497 career NHL points. He holds the record for best career shooting percentage (minimum 800 shots) with 23.66%. He also holds the record for best career playoff shooting percentage (minimum 80 shots) with 33.65%, well ahead of second place Ken Linseman (23.21%).
After retiring as a player, Simpson joined FOX television as a hockey analyst. In 1998, Simpson joined CTV Sportsnet as a colour commentator for Edmonton Oilers regional games, as well as the network's weekly national broadcasts. He left in 2003 to become an assistant coach with the Oilers. After the 2006–07 season, he resigned from his position with the club to take a job as a colour commentator for CBC Television, alongside former Sportsnet partner Jim Hughson. Beginning in the 2008-09 season, Hughson and Simpson are the primary Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team and call the Stanley Cup Finals.
Simpson is also the former colour commentator for the EA Sports NHL franchise, along with play-by-play partner Hughson. Simpson also appears in TV commercials and print ads for Carpet Superstores of Edmonton.
On March 22, 2008, Hughson and Simpson called the NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche at 1 p.m. MDT. They then boarded a chartered plane to Calgary where the pair then announced the third game of the Hockey Night in Canada triple-header between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. MDT. This is believed to be a first in the National Hockey League.
Battle of the Blades
In 2009, Simpson participated in the first season of CBC's "Battle of the Blades", a made-for-TV figure-skating competition that paired eight former NHL stars with female figure skaters. Simpson and his partner, Jamie Salé, won the competition on Monday November 16, 2009. On November 7, 2013, Simpson was inducted into the London (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame.
Simpson is the younger brother of former CHL Player of the Year Dave Simpson and Rogers Sportsnet reporter Christine Simpson. He and his wife Christine separated in 2010. The Simpsons have 3 teenage children. He is also the son of Canadian Olympic athlete Marion Simpson.
On June 20, 2012 Simpson married his Battle of the Blades partner, Jamie Salé. The couple had their first child Samantha Rae Simpson on Sunday July 7th 2013
Awards and honours
|All-CCHA First Team||1984-85|
|Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers||1988|
|Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers||1990|
|1983–84||Michigan State University||NCAA||46||14||43||57||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Michigan State University||NCAA||42||31||53||84||33||—||—||—||—||—|
- *-Stanley Cup champion
- Houston, William (March 21, 2008). "Hughson, Simpson will have double the fun". The Globe and Mail. p. S2.
- Matheson, J. (June 26, 2011). "Oilers study history to help build future". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- "Sons make fathers proud at Entry Draft". Fox News. June 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- Schlossman, B. (June 23, 2011). "NHL DRAFT: UND's Simpson is a wild card". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved 2011-06-30.