Off The Post: Wayne Simmonds Returns to Philadelphia – Wayne Simmonds was back in Philadelphia wearing a Devils sweater. He played in Philadelphia for eight years and he reminisced and talked about playing with the first overall pick in last year’s draft, Jack Hughes before the Flyers home opener.
Wayne Simmonds: Right Wing, New Jersey Devils
Wayne Simmonds was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Despite growing up in a Toronto suburb, Simmonds was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. His favorite player was Sergei Fedorov. He spent most of his minor hockey career playing A and AA hockey in the east end of Toronto. At 18, he was selected by the Owen Sound Attack in the sixth round (114th overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.
Simmonds played in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2006 until 2008. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (61st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was one of three rookies to make the team for the 2008-09 season. In his third career game, he scored his first NHL goal against Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks. He quickly became a fan favorite among Kings fans for his strong work ethic on and off the ice.
Collectors looking for Simmonds’ rookie cards will find them in Upper Deck Hockey products from the 2008-09 season. Look for his Young Guns Rookie Card in 2008-09 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey.
Simmonds was traded to Philadelphia on June 23rd, 2011. In his first season with the Flyers, he played in 82 games and finished with 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists). He would sign a six-year extension with the Flyers after that season. He would represent Philadelphia in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and was named MVP after scoring three goals, including the game-winner. He scored more than 40 points in six of his seven seasons with the team. In the final year of his contract with Philadelphia, Simmonds was dealt at the trade deadline to the Nashville Predators. He would earn the Mark Messier Leadership Award that year, becoming the first and only player to switch teams and win the award in the same season.
This summer, Simmonds signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils. He returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday night with the Devils to face the Flyers in their home opener. Philadelphia honored Simmonds before the game with a video tribute. However, once the puck dropped, fans booed Simmonds every time he touched the puck. The Flyers went on to defeat the Devils 4-0.
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