Wayne Simmonds born August 26th, 1988 is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League.
Simmonds grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, the third of four sons, in addition to one daughter born to Cyril Simmonds and Wanda Mercury-Simmonds. Despite growing up in Maple Leaf territory, Wayne grew up a Detroit Red Wings fan.
At the age of 16, Wayne played hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Greater Toronto Hockey League in the 2004-2005 season. He then moved up to junior hockey with the Brockville Braves of the Central Junior A Hockey League for the 2005-2006 season. He finished out his junior hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006 until 2008 with the Owen Sound Attack and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He also was honored to play for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Clearly an exceptional right-handed shooter, Simmonds was drafted into the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the 2007 NHL Draft. He was one of only three rookies to make the team’s roster for the 2008-2009 season. Simmonds proved his value quickly by scoring his first NHL goal in just three games on October 14, 2008 against the Anaheim Ducks. During his rookie season, Simmonds quickly rose to fame as an LA favorite for his strong work ethic both on and off the ice.
Wayne’s second NHL season would show substantial growth for the younger player, as he went on to double his points from the last season scoring 40 points in the 2009-2010 season. He led the team in +/- and saw substantial time as a member of the team’s penally killing unit.
Wayne was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, 2011 where he currently plays. On February 11th, 2012, Wayne achieved a rare Gordie Howe Hat trick against the New York Rangers.
Wayne’s rapid growth as an Assistant Captain and consistent value to the Philadelphia Flyers continue to prove why the 28 year old forward is regarded as one the most respected and fan Favorite players in the NHL.