? 5th-Round NHL Draft Pick
(Chicago Blackhawks, '97)
All-America and Hobey Baker candidate who ranks as one of the best offensive players in Notre Dame history ... selected as 1999-2000 team captain, with senior defensemen Nathan Borega and Tyson Fraser serving as alternates ... a second team all-CCHA selection as a junior and arguably the CCHA's top returning forward, after CCHA first-team selections Mike York (Michigan State) and Hugo Boisvert (Ohio State) moved on to pro hockey (the other '98-'99 first-team forward was current Bowling Green senior Adam Edinger) ... ranks as the third-highest returning scorer in the CCHA (42 total points in 1998-99), behind Edinger (48) and Michigan sophomore center Mike Comrie (44) ... could shift to the wing, due to deep group of centers that includes sophomores David Inman and Brett Henning ('99 NHL draft picks) and freshman Connor Dunlop ... a seasoned player who skated with the USA junior national teams in '96-'97 and '97-'98 (alongside fellow Irish senior forward Joe Dusbabek) ... looking to take his talent to another level, after major goalscoring boost as a junior (18 goals, compared to total of 13 in previous two seasons) ... known for pure speed, creative puck-handling, quick moves and ability to change speeds ... struggled to find the net his first two seasons, when he failed to post a 10-goal season and recorded just one two-goal game ... a composed and crafty center who spins out of the corners well and is tough going to the net ... keeps defensemen on their toes due to quick change of speed ... tough player for his size who is not afraid to mix it up ... known as much for his free spirit off the ice as for his intensity on it ... youngest player on '96-'97 Irish team that was second-youngest in Div. I (average age 19 years, 11 months) ... CCHA's third-youngest player in '96-'97 ... burst onto the scene at '95 under-17 national select camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... grew from 5-8 to six feet as high school junior ... racked up 342 points (166G-176A) in three seasons with Shaker Heights High School and one with Cleveland Junior Barons ... selected in fifth round of '97 National Hockey League draft by Chicago Blackhawks (110th pick) ... ninth college player, sixth college forward and second CCHA player selected, after Western Michigan defenseman Joe Corvo (L.A., 86th pick) ... joined two fifth-round Edmonton picks-Brian Urick ('96) and current Irish volunteer coach Greg Louder ('89)-as highest-drafted Notre Dame players in 15-year stretch ... combined with Dusbabek (7th round, San Jose Sharks) as fourth set of Irish teammates selected in first seven rounds ... part of second Irish foursome ever taken in first nine rounds (current juniors Jay Kopischke and Ryan Clark went in the 8th and 9th rounds) ... his most career points have come vs. Alaska Fairbanks (13, 3G), Western Michigan (12, 2G), Bowling Green (10, 2G) and Michigan (9, 2G), plus five career goals versus Ohio State, four vs. Michigan State ... played on Barons with Bowling Green forward Mike Jones and defenseman Larry Hull ... could face two former USA junior teammates if the Irish play Colorado College at the Denver Cup: forward Toby Peterson and defenseman Dan Peters.
CAREER NOTES: Owns 98 points (31 G, 67 A) in 104 career games, including 37 points as a sophomore and 42 as a junior (both team-bests) ... needs 33 points in his final season to crack Irish career top-20 scoring list and 48 to move into 15th on that list ... Jamie Ling's 153 points from 1992-96 are most by an Irish player since Dave Bankoske's 182 ('88-'93).
WITH USA HOCKEY: Joined Dusbabek on USA team that claimed fifth at World Junior Championship in Finland (Dec. 23, 1997-Jan. 3, 1998) ... had assists in wins over Kazakhstan (8-2) and Switzerland (5-1) ... had assist and game-winning goal in fifth-place game versus Sweden (4-3)... he and Dusbabek joined York as only CCHA players on '97-'98 squad... one of five returning forwards from '96-'97 U.S. world junior team... one of 15 college players on USA team that won silver medal at '96-'97 World Juniors, in Switzerland... helped halt Canada's 16-game World Juniors win streak, with 4-4 tie (Canada won the gold-medal rematch, 2-0)... the runner-up finish was best for the USA in 21 years at the event... skated on third line alongside Boston College's Jeff Farkas and Lake Superior's Jason Sessa ... has visited four countries while touring with all-star teams ... played in Japan with USA select-17 team... spent '96 and '97 summers as member of USA team at Tampere Cup in Finland... competed with junior national team in Camrose, Canada (winter, '95).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 37 of 38 games while leading team in scoring with 42 points (18G-24A) ... tied for fifth in CCHA for both overall and conference scoring (15G-19A) while being named to six-player, second team all-CCHA squad ... skated most of season alongside seniors Urick (right wing) and Aniket Dhadphale (left wing)-forming one of the CCHA's most potent lines ... also skated at times with sophomore left wings Chad Chipchase and Dan Carlson and right wing Dusbabek ... ranked second on team in shots (113), shooting percentage (.159) and game-winning goals (3), plus two game-tying goals and team-best six game-winning assists ... third on team with 13 power-play points (5G-8A) ... called for team-high 31 penalties ... tied for second on squad with +13 plus-minus ... reached scoresheet in 26 games, with 12 multi-point games (including four three-point games) ... played key parts in several big goals during '98-'99 ... provided one of the biggest plays of his highlight-reel career, in crucial late-season home tie with Northern Michigan (3-3) ... took the puck at the Irish endline and skated all the way down the left side on a quick counter-attack before tucking inside freshman defenseman Sean Connolly ... as Simon neared the slot, the trailing Connolly grabbed Simon's left skate and lifted it into the air, but Simon retained his balance on the right skate and-as he was falling forward-wristed a shot over Dan Ragusett's left shoulder for a 2-1 lead late in the second period ... opened the season with a six-game scoring streak (3G-8A) ... set up Dhadphale's game-winner in 2-1, season-opening win at Wisconsin (in front of 13,000-plus Kohl Center fans) ... totaled career-best four points (1G-3A) in 7-1 win over Western Michigan ... added five-game scoring streak that featured three three-point games (in 5-5 tie at No. 1 Boston College and wins over Bowling Green and WMU) ... tied game at BC (1-1) after taking tape-to-tape lead pass from Urick and nudging a backhander that deflected off an Eagles defenseman ... helped give Irish 3-1 lead in that game, assisting on Dhadphale's wrister from the top of the left circle and Urick's tough-angle shot from the left ... notched second career multi-goal game in 4-3 loss at Ohio State (2G) ... helped complete surge to 4-1 lead at No. 1 North Dakota, as his pass from behind the net set up Chipchase's tap-in (the Irish scored on four of their first five shots in the second period, en route to a 4-3 win) ... scored from the slot at 1:58 of the first period, in 3-2 victory over No. 5 Michigan before a raucous home crowd ... scored game-tying goal (2-2) vs. Michigan State, beating Joe Blackburn with one-timer after Dhadphale went high to catch a clearing attempt ... scored twice in playoff series vs. Northern Michigan, including game-winner with 2:33 left to play in the opener (3-2), after streaking to the net and knocking in a deflected Chipchase shot.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 37 of 41 games, missing Minnesota's Mariucci Classic and two-game series with Miami while at World Juniors ... led Irish in points (37), assists (28), penalties (31) and penalty minutes (89) while sharing team lead for shorthanded goals (3) ... assisted on a Benoit Cotnoir shorthanded score ... scored three power-play goals, two game-winners ... recorded points in first seven games ... assisted in 5-1 win over Western Ontario before scoring twice in first game at St. Cloud, as Irish overcame 3-0 deficit for 4-3 win ... scored second Irish goal in that game, on power play with 8:48 left in regulation, before one-timing game-winner 1:22 into OT ... assisted on late goal the next day in 4-1 win over the Huskies ... showed fancy stickwork for 2-0 lead on Boston College early in third period (BC rallied, 3-2) ... scored early power-play goal at Michigan State before assisting on Carlson's score in four-goal, third-period flurry to clinch the 6-1 win ... scored memorable shorthanded, game-winning goal versus Bowling Green (2-1) ... on that second-period play, he skated onto a deflected puck in the Irish zone, weaved his way down the ice in a large "S" and shielded off an opposing defenseman before nudging the puck into the net ... netted early shorthanded goal in 3-2 win at Ohio State ... assisted on two power-play goals versus Ferris State (5-5) ... helped set up third Irish goal in 3-3 tie versus Lake Superior ... assisted on two goals in 4-2 win at Western Michigan, including shorthanded game-winner (4-3) ... assisted on 5-on-3 goal in series clincher at Alaska Fairbanks (5-1) ... set up early goal in 1-1 tie with Bowling Green ... had goal and assist in 7-1 win over Ferris State ... assisted in all three wins over Northern Michigan, including game-winner in first home game vs. NMU (3-1) and shorthanded goal in second (5-2)... assisted on goals by Dhadphale and Ryan Dolder in decisive 4-3 playoff loss at Michigan.
AS A FRESHMAN: Fourth on team in scoring after failing to score a goal until 15th game ... totaled four goals and 15 assists (second on team) ... appeared in 30 of 35 games, missing three (at Princeton on Dec. 28-29, versus Miami on Jan.. 3) while with the junior national team ... assisted on four of nine game-winning goals ... averaged one penalty per game (30, 79 minutes) ... failed to score on first 31 shots ... did not play in Jan. 28 home loss to Michigan State (3-0), after game misconduct versus St. Cloud ... also missed season-ending 3-2 loss to Michigan State ... notched first career point on an assist in 6-3 loss to Michigan ... had three timely assists-on goals by Tim Harberts, Noble and Cotnoir (game-winner)-in 7-5 comeback at No. 3 Bowling Green ... scored his first goal in last-minute, 4-3 loss at Michigan State, sparking eight-game point streak (3G-9A) ... had goal and assist in 3-1 win over Alaska Fairbanks, three assists in 6-2 series clincher ... assisted on Dusbabek's game-winner at Mankato State (3-2) ... assisted on goals by Noble and Terry Lorenz (game-winner) in 5-2 win over No. 8 St. Cloud before scoring in 2-1 loss to the Huskies ... assisted in final win, 5-4 in overtime versus Western Michigan.
PREP & PERSONAL: Played as senior for Cleveland Junior Barons of North American Hockey League ... third in league scoring (45 G, 46 A in 50 games) in '95-'96 ... first team all-league, NAHL rookie of the year, MVP of NAHL all-star game ... played three years at Shaker Heights High School, totaling 121 goals and 130 assists, with big sophomore (45 G, 41 A) and junior (61 G, 68 A) seasons ... team captain and MVP as a sophomore and junior while earning all-conference, all-city and all-state ... as a freshman, helped team post undefeated state-title season ... two-year second baseman on SHHS baseball team ... father Bill played football at Colgate ... grandfathers Bill Simon (Syracuse) and Harry Clarke (Lehigh) played college football ... grandfather Bill Simon was assistant football coach at Yale ... uncles John Clarke (Harvard) and Harry Clarke (Moravian) played college football ... uncle Marty Clarke played lacrosse at Lehigh ... aunt Mary Clarke Corcoran captained Yale's gymnastics team while aunt Ellen Clarke de Saint Phalle was on varsity crew at Wellesley ... born June 14, 1978, in Cleveland, Ohio ... son of Bill and Margaret Simon ... full name is Benjamin Clarke Simon ... sociology major in College of Arts and Letters.
Simon's Career Statistics
Career vs. CCHA
1998-99 vs. CCHA
Simon's Career Bests