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About Don Simmons the Goalie

 

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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1948-49 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 12 0 6.08
1949-50 Port Colborne Sailors OHA-B
1950-51 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 53 3 3.41 6 1 3.17
1951-52 Springfield Indians EAHL 37 18 18 1 0 3.20 3 0 3 0 0 6.33
1952-53 Springfield Indians EAHL 44 31 11 2 0 3.76
1953-54 Johnstown Jets IHL 24 2 2.75 10 6 4 0 1 2.10
1954-55 Springfield Indians AHL 54 30 21 3 2 3.43 4 1 3 0 0 3.72
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 52 13 37 2 0 4.48
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 25 10 12 3 0 3.36
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 26 13 9 4 4 2.42 10 5 5 2 2.90
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 39 15 14 9 5 2.41 11 6 5 1 2.24
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 58 24 26 8 3 3.16
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 28 12 13 3 2 3.25
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 18 3 9 6 1 3.23
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 10 3 7 0 0 5.19
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 51 24 22 5 0 3.31
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 5 3 1 1 2.33 3 2 1 0 2.91
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 15 8 5 1 2.46
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 9 4 5 0 1 3.00
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 9 9 1 3 3.17
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 69 35 26 8 3 3.17 12 6 6 0 1 3.17
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 13 4 6 2 0 3.36
1965-66 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 7 1 0 4.36
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 38 32 2 7 2.95 3 2 0 0 0 1.29
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 5 2 1 2 0 2.60
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 22 9 7 5 0 3.47
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 5 2 2 1 0 2.33
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 5 2 3 0 1 3.24
NHL Totals 249 101 101 41 20 2.88 24 13 11 3 2.59