Marlies Hire Ben Simon

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 05 2014 11:37AM

With Gord Dineen being promoted to head coach and Derek King becoming an associate, the Toronto Marlies needed a third man to stand behind the bench. Today, they've announced that they've found that man, hiring Ben Simon.

Simon is fresh blood in the coaching world, having just began his transition from playing to coaching four seasons ago. He did so in a way that doesn't happen very often anymore; he became a player coach. In this case, it was for the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. He did a heck of a job in the role, scoring 57 points in 54 games while leading his team to a 43-10-1 record and a League championship.

Prior to that, Simon's career saw him bounce through the ranks, having played in the NAHL for the Cleveland Barons, the NCAA with Notre Dame, the IHL with the original variation of the Orlando Solar Bears, the AHL with Chicago, Milwaukee, Syracuse, Grand Rapids, Springfield, and the Marlies, and in the NHL with Atlanta and Columbus. Simon wasn't the most productive player in North America, mostly taking on a checking centre role. He had 4 points in 81 NHL games.

After Sheffield, Simon took an assistant's role with the Rockford Icehogs for two years, working with Ted Dent (who was previously rumoured as a finalist for a role with the Leafs). From there, he headed down to the ECHL for his first full-on head coaching job. Simon and his Cincinnati Cyclones more than answered the bell, finishing the season with a 41-23-8 record, eliminating the Solar Bears, Fort Wayne Komets, and Greenville Road Warriors in six games, before losing a six game series of their own in the Kelly Cup Finals.

Simon brings a blend of recent playing experience, understanding of both the AHL and ECHL levels, and previous playing experience with the teams that he'll have to deal with. He also brings youth to the bench; while Dineen (51) and King (47) aren't exactly seniors, the 36 year old Simon is still younger than some of the players he'll be coaching against.

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#1 WesternDP
August 05 2014, 12:04PM
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Again, decisions in the Shanahan era mostly make sense...

Pretty solid choice: a young guy with AHL assitant coach experience and a recent winning record as a head coach in the ECHL. He should be able to connect with the young prospects and be a bit like Spott in that respect.

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#2 Gumby
August 05 2014, 12:33PM
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What about Chris Simon? The crazy native player who used to step on people?

He could teach the boys grit and truculence and stuff...

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#3 WesternDP
August 05 2014, 01:34PM
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@Gumby

Funny thing is...Chris Simon could actually play hockey.

He had one season in the NHL when he had 49 points and 29 goals! In other seasons he was good for 34 and 31 points. He was usually good for 20-25+ points in a season. Over 782 games, he had 305 points.

Not bad for guy who could play in the playoffs... and hang with Bob Probert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyiaR3hhM-8

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#4 Leafer1
August 06 2014, 04:53PM
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Asking fans to visit Sportsnet.ca and vote for Van Reimsdky over Pacioretty in the fan poll today.

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#5 WesternDP
August 06 2014, 09:27PM
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The heck with Chris Simon, Carly Simon could have been a better player.

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#6 Gumby
August 06 2014, 04:52PM
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Gumby wrote:

What about Chris Simon? The crazy native player who used to step on people?

He could teach the boys grit and truculence and stuff...

This isn't my comment. Fake.

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#7 Gumby
August 06 2014, 09:42PM
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WesternDP wrote:

The heck with Chris Simon, Carly Simon could have been a better player.

Don't tell me, you thought up that one all on your own.

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#8 Gumby
August 07 2014, 05:48AM
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^buddy is having conversations with himself... You know you have free time when

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#9 WesternDP
August 07 2014, 09:02AM
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Gumby wrote:

Don't tell me, you thought up that one all on your own.

Why does this guy even bother with these posts?

You can tell it's the same guy. The sentences have a simlar cadence.

Perhaps it's that guy that pretended to be a female athlete?

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#10 Gumby
August 07 2014, 10:22AM
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WesternDP wrote:

Why does this guy even bother with these posts?

You can tell it's the same guy. The sentences have a simlar cadence.

Perhaps it's that guy that pretended to be a female athlete?

He has nothing better to do (his sentence structure is weirdly similar to that leader guy who used to troll), I don't even know if this is the true WesternDP!

If it is, thanks for the above link to moar hockey

And female athlete? I think I missed that one.

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