Analyst, Men's Hockey | Sochi 2014
Analyst | CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Craig Simpson joined CBC's Hockey Night in Canada as an analyst in 2007, bringing experience as a NHL forward, four years experience as an NHL coach and more than 10 years of experience as an NHL broadcaster to his role.
A knowledgeable and seasoned analyst, Simpson began his broadcast career in 1996 at TSN following his 1995 NHL retirement. One year later, he made a name for himself in the United States working with FoxSportsNet, where he remained for two years. Simpson then returned to Canada, joining Rogers Sportsnet in Edmonton where he spent five seasons working alongside Jim Hughson in the broadcast booth as an analyst for NHL national broadcasts and in the studio for Stanley Cup Playoff coverage.
Simpson's impressive history with the NHL dates back to 1985, when he started his first season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after being selected with the second pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in November of 1987, where he spent six seasons that featured Stanley Cup championships in 1988 and 1990. He is the last Edmonton oiler to score 50 goals in a season, with 56 in 1988.
He played his final two seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, completing his career with 497 total points. Simpson joined the Oilers organization as assistant coach on August, 2003, where he remained for the next four years before joining CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
In 2009, Simpson, alongside Olympic and World Pairs Figure Skating Champion, Jamie Salé, was crowned the champion of CBC's Battle of the Blades.
Born in London, Ontario, Simpson has four children and resides in Edmonton.