Ben Simon

Benjamin Clarke Simon (born June 14, 1978) is a former American professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets. He was the head coach of the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones for the 2013–14 season, guiding the club to a conference championship. Simon served as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies in 2014–15[1] and the Grand Rapids Griffins from 2015 to 2018. He was then promoted to head coach of the Griffins for the 2018–19 season.[2]

Ben Simon
Born (1978-06-14) June 14, 1978
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Atlanta Thrashers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  United States
NHL Draft 110th overall, 1997
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 20002011

Playing career

Simon grew up playing hockey for Shaker Heights High School as well as the Cleveland Junior Barons.[3] He was drafted 110th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and has played 81 games in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring three goals and one assist. In the 2007–08 AHL season, he played for the Springfield Falcons. For the 2008–09 season, Simon played with the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga. In July 2010, he signed up for his first coaching role, as Player/Coach for the Sheffield Steelers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League for the 2010–11 season. After winning the regular season championship with the Steelers, Simon decided not to return to the Steelers for another season.

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 1998-99


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