Kent Simpson (ice hockey, born 1992)

Kent Rory Simpson (born March 26, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL while under contract to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). Simpson was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Kent Simpson
Kent Simpson (9859259283)
Simpson with the Chicago Blackhawks
Born March 26, 1992 (age 26)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 58th overall, 2010
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2012–present

Playing career

Simpson played major junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He also won a silver medal with Team Pacific at the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and represented Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships.

On March 31, 2012, the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) signed Simpson to an amateur try-out agreement,[1] allowing the goaltender to make his professional debut in the AHL before the end of the 2011–12 season. On May 29, 2012, Simpson was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) to a three-year entry-level contract.[2]

On October 4, 2014, Simpson was traded by the Blackhawks along with Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ville Pokka, T.J. Brennan and Anders Nilsson.[3]

On July 15, 2015, Simpson was signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Stockton Heat, continuing his stay in Stockton after the previous season with former ECHL club, the Stockton Thunder.[4] In the 2015–16 season, Simpson split the year between the Heat and ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Flames. As the Heat's third choice goaltender, he recorded a 3-4 record in 11 appearances.

As a free agent in the off-season from the Heat, Simpson secured a one-year AHL contract with the San Antonio Rampage, an affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche, on July 18, 2016.[5] He began the 2016–17 season with secondary affiliate and former team, the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. Throughout the year, Simpson was recalled to the Rampage on multiple occasions, recording just 1 win in 9 games. He was returned to the Eagles for the playoffs, and served as backup in winning two series clinching games as Colorado claimed the Kelly Cup.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007–08 Everett Silvertips WHL 1 0 0 0 29 1 0 2.07 .950
2008–09 Everett Silvertips WHL 27 8 11 4 1451 93 1 3.85 .892
2009–10 Everett Silvertips WHL 34 22 9 1 1938 73 1 2.26 .925 5 2 3 298 13 1 2.62 .908
2010–11 Everett Silvertips WHL 52 21 20 9 3132 145 2 2.78 .916
2011–12 Everett Silvertips WHL 60 21 30 7 3481 193 2 3.33 .909 4 0 4 225 15 0 4.00 .883
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 1 0 0 1 63 3 0 2.85 .927
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 41 20 14 5 2387 94 2 2.36 .912 3 0 3 193 11 0 3.42 .884
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 1 1 0 98 5 0 3.07 .924
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 31 11 14 1 1615 98 0 3.64 .891
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .714
2014–15 Colorado Eagles ECHL 3 1 2 0 178 11 0 3.71 .904
2014–15 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 1 3 0 207 9 0 2.61 .900
2014–15 Stockton Thunder ECHL 26 7 17 1 1468 82 0 3.35 .899
2015–16 Stockton Heat AHL 11 3 4 0 381 26 0 4.09 .861
2015–16 Adirondack Thunder ECHL 13 7 4 2 756 30 3 2.38 .926
2016–17 Colorado Eagles ECHL 19 9 9 1 1126 46 1 2.45 .912 4 2 2 239 12 0 3.02 .879
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 9 1 4 2 486 27 0 3.33 .892
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .714

International

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Canada Pacific U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4.60 .870
2010 Canada WJC18 7th 2 44 3 0 4.11 .857
Junior totals 8

Awards and honours

Award Year
ECHL
Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles) 2017 [6]

References

  1. ^ "IceHogs sign Simpson to ATO". Rockford IceHogs. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  2. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with four". Chicago Blackhawks. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  3. ^ "Blackhawks acquire prospects from Islanders for Leddy". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  4. ^ "Heat signs three to AHL deals". Stockton Heat. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  5. ^ "Rampage sign Simpson, Lieuwen". San Antonio Rampage. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  6. ^ "Sweeping Success: Colorado Eagles win Kelly Cup". ReporterHerald.com. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2017-06-05.

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