In the 2011 offseason, Brayden Schenn, a 2nd round pick, and Simmonds were traded to the Flyers in exchange for Mike Richards and Rob Bordson. Simmonds signed a 2-year contract that season and has been a Flyer ever since.
Playoff Hat Trick
The Flyers were facing elimination after going down in the series 3-2 until Game 6 came back to Philadelphia for a chance to force game 7 in the 2014 ECQF against the Rangers. Simmonds scored 3 goals for his first ever playoff hat trick.
After the Flyers lost Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen in the offseason before the 2014-15 season, Wayne Simmonds was named one of the alternate captains under Claude Giroux. Any sort of captaincy is a big honor no matter how it was earned.
“You cannot fight Wayne Simmonds”
When P.K. Subban told Max Pacioretty during the 2016 Winter Classic, “You cannot fight Wayne Simmonds,” Pacioretty should have been shaking in his boots. Simmonds is a tough player and will harm anyone who challenges him. Having that reputation in the league is a good one for intimidation purposes.
The 2017 All-Star Game
Simmonds was chosen to be the player to represent the Flyers at the 2017 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Being named an all-star is an honor, but in Simmonds’ case, along with scoring 3 goals, he also won MVP in the end as well. To play in an NHL All-Star Game and win MVP must have been surreal.
Andrew Ostrosky is a writer and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reporter for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.