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Chris Simon Biography – Chris Simon Wiki

Chris Simon, born Christopher J. Simon, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Chris was drafted 25th overall in the 1990 draft to the Philadelphia Flyers but would be traded to the Quebec Nordiques before playing for Philly. He would have a lengthy NHL career, playing for eight different teams, appearing in 782 regular-season games, and scoring 305 points.

Chris posted 144 goals and 161 assists playing for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild in addition to the Rangers and Islanders, and played his last NHL game with Minnesota on April 15, 2008 during a playoff series against Colorado. He finished his playing career in the KHL in Russia, where he played in All-Star Games in 2010 and ’11, retiring after the 2012-13 season.

He received two of the longest suspensions in NHL history among his eight bans: a 25-game suspension while with the Islanders for hitting Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face with a two-handed swing of his stick on March 25, 2007, which spanned two seasons, and a 30-game ban for stomping on Jarkko Ruutu’s leg in a Dec. 15, 2007 game against the Penguins.


Christopher J. Simon was born on January 30, 1972, in Wawa, Ontario, Canada. He died on March 18, 2024. He was 52.

Chris Simon Wife

Chris Simon was divorced twice. He was married to his first wife, Lauri Lynne Smith, with whom he had a son. After his separation from his first wife, he went on to marry his second wife, Valerie Simon, whom he divorced in 2017.

Chris Simon Children

Former NHL enforcer Chris Simon had five children: a son from his marriage to his first wife, Lauri Lynne Smith, and a son and three daughters from his marriage to his second wife, Valerie Simon.

Chris Simon Family

Chris Simon is survived by four children from his second marriage to Valerie Simon, whom he divorced in 2017, and a son from his first marriage to Lauri Lynne Smith.


Former NHL player Chris Simon died on March 18, 2024, at the age of 52. His family confirmed he died by suicide in a statement released by Simon’s former agent, Paul Theofanous, on behalf of Simon’s family.

“The family strongly believes and witnessed firsthand, that Chris struggled immensely from CTE which unfortunately resulted in his death,” the statement said.

“We are grieving with the loss of our son, brother, father, partner, teammate and friend. The entire Wawa community is sharing in our grief. We will not be releasing any further details at this time and ask for privacy during this very difficult time. We appreciate everyone who shares in our tragic loss.”

“The New York Islanders offer their condolences to the family and friends of former Islanders forward, Chris Simon,” the Islanders shared on X, formerly Twitter. “He epitomized what it means to be an Islander, someone who wore his heart on his sleeve both on the ice and in the community.”

“Chris was a great guy, a beloved teammate and important part of our first championship season,” Avalanche president Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He was a really good hockey player who could score goals, was a big presence in the dressing room and was the first person to stand up and defend his teammates. Off the ice he was an unbelievable guy and a caring father, son, brother, and friend. He will be sorely missed.”

Chris Simon Cause of Death

Stanley Cup champion Chris Simon died by suicide, according to a statement released by his family.

Chris Simon Health

His hockey career ended due to a knee injury. Injuries suffered during his playing career included symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which he said are “thought to be attributable to significant brain trauma during his hockey career.” A doctor reported that Simon also suffered from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and arthritis to his shoulder, hand, knees, back and neck.

Chris Simon Net Worth

Chris Simon earned an estimated $15 million over his NHL career. In 2017, the Ottawa Citizen reported that Simon had filed for bankruptcy and was “surviving on social assistance and disability cheques.” According to documents filed with the Ottawa family court, the former NHL player struggled with debts he pegged at more than half a million dollars. The debts included more than three years of missed child-support payments, totalling $128,875.

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