Steve Simmons

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This article is about the Canadian sports columnist. For the soccer coach of the same name, see Steve Simmons (soccer)
Steve Simmons
Born Toronto, Canada
Occupation sports journalist
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Period 1979–present

Steve Simmons is a Canadian sports journalist with the Toronto Sun, and nationally syndicated throughout Sun Media.[1] He previously worked as a sports columnist for the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, London Free Press, Globe and Mail, and The Hockey News.[2]

Biography[edit]

Simmons was born in Toronto, and attended York Mills Collegiate Institute and the University of Western Ontario, where he was sports editor and sports columnist at the Western Gazette student paper.[2][3] He lives in Thornhill, Ontario.[4]

Career[edit]

Simmons first wrote for the Calgary Herald (starting as a junior sports editor in 1979) and Calgary Sun (starting in 1980).[5][3] He joined the Toronto Sun in 1987, becoming a sports columnist for them two years later.[6][3] Through 2013, he had covered 14 Olympic Games, 31 Stanley Cup playoffs, 13 Grey Cups, 12 Super Bowls, 4 World Series, 2 NBA Championships, and over 50 world championship fights.[3]

He has co-written or contributed to several books on hockey. Among his books are one on former NHL player Mike Danton, who was imprisoned for conspiracy to commit murder after hiring a hitman to kill his agent, David Frost.[7]

He has also been involved in broadcast media, including being a Day-one host on The Fan 590 in Toronto, and a Day-one studio contributor on what was then Headline Sports and later became The Score television network. Simmons is also seen every Sunday on TSN's The Reporters with Dave Hodge.[3]

He is an expert on Jews in sports.[8]

Simmons won the 2013 Sports Media Canada George Gross Award for Outstanding Sportswriting.[3]

In 2014, Simmons made headlines when Jose Bautista, outfielder of the Toronto Blue Jays, responded to criticisms Simmons made on Twitter. Simmons also tweeted that the star athlete did not manage his own Twitter account, which Bautista denied.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Simmons columns". Sun Media. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Duhatschek, Eric; Simmons, Steve (1986). On Fire: The Dramatic Rise of the Calgary Flames. Polestar Book Publishers. p. 175. ISBN 0-919591-15-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "2013 – Steve Simmons". sportsmediacanada.ca. 
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  8. ^ Hillel Kutler (January 21, 2014). "The greatest oxymoron in U.S. sports? Jews and professional ice hockey; Hockey may have no iconic Jewish athletes like other major sports, but the likely first-round draft pick Joshua Ho-Sang could one day spell a change.". Haaretz. 
  9. ^ "Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista swings back at Toronto Sun columnist over Twitter dig". Yahoo Sports Canada. October 1, 2014. 

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