Don Simmons (ice hockey)

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Don Simmons
Born (1931-09-13)September 13, 1931
Port Colborne, ON, CAN
Died September 24, 2010(2010-09-24) (aged 79)
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Playing career 1951–1969

Donald William "Dippy" Simmons (September 13, 1931 – September 24, 2010) was a National Hockey League goaltender. He was called up by the Boston Bruins from the Springfield Indians of the AHL in order to replace an ailing Terry Sawchuk who had left the Bruins in mid-season of 1957. He then spent 3 seasons partnering with veteran Harry Lumley as an effective netminding duo in Boston. Simmons was the first goaltender to adopt the face mask after Jacques Plante introduced it in 1959. Later, Simmons would back up Johnny Bower in Toronto in the early 1960s and was instrumental in the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup in 1962. He finished his career playing with the New York Rangers. Don Simmons was the founder of Don Simmons Sports, a successful Ontario franchise specializing in goalie equipment.

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