Craig Simpson is featured in the following program(s):
- HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (HD) (Analyst)
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 The Sports Network (TSN) following his 1995 NHL retirement. One year later, he made a name for himself in the United States working with FoxSportsNet for two years. Simpson made his way back to Canada, joining Rogers Sportsnet in Edmonton, where he spent five seasons working as an analyst in the broadcast booth with Jim Hughson 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 as the second pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He was then traded to the Edmonton Oilers in November of 1987, where he spent six seasons that featured two Stanley Cup championships in 1988 and 1990.
Simpson still remains 11th on Edmonton's all-time career scoring list and continues to hold the distinction of being the last Oiler to score 50 goals in one season (56 goals in 1987-88). He played his final two seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, completing his career with an all-time 497 points. Simpson joined the Oilers organization as assistant coach on Aug. 11, 2003, where he remained for the next four years.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, in 2009 Simpson participated in CBC's BATTLE OF THE BLADES, alongside Olympic and World Pairs Figure Skating Champion, Jamie Sale.
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