ON THE SPOT WITH CHARLIE SIMMER
|Mike Kalinowski continued his series available exclusively on LAKings.com, with his On the Spot With former Kings forward Charlie Simmer.
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Position: Left Wing
Born: March 20, 1954 (Terrace Bay, Ontario)
Drafted: Selected by the California Golden Seals in the third round (39th overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft.
Acquired By The Kings: Signed as a free agent with the Kings on Aug. 8, 1977.
Years With The Kings: 1977-85
Career With The Kings:
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
- Was a midseason call-up for the Kings in 1978-79 and scored 21 goals and 48 points (21-27=48) in 39 games while skating with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor. In time, that line would become known as the “Triple Crown Line.”
- Led the Kings and tied for the league lead in goals scored with 56 goals during the 1979-80 season. Also led the Kings in goals scored with 44 goals in 1983-84.
- Established a modern day NHL record that still stands by scoring at least one goal in 13 consecutive games during the 1979-80 season.
- Scored 50 goals in his first 51 games during the 1980-81 but only scored six more goals in his next 14 games before suffered a season-ending compound leg fracture at Maple Leaf Gardens.
- Scored 112 goals and totaled 206 points (112-94=206) in 129 games played from 1979-81.
- Became the first King other than Dionne to reach 100 points in one season when he registered 101 points (56-45=101) in 1979-80.
- Ranks seventh all-time with 222 career goals as a member of the Kings.
- Ranks ninth all-time with 466 career points (222-244=466) as a member of the Kings.
- One of only five players on the Kings all-time top-10 scoring list to have more points than games played (others on the list include Dionne, Luc Robitaille, Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls).
- Second only to Robitaille (557) in career goals as a Kings left wing (222).
- Represented the Kings at the NHL All-Star Game in both 1981 and 1984.
- Was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team in both 1979-80 and 1980-81.
- Was voted the Kings “Most Popular Player” at the conclusion of the 1980-81 season.
What He’s Doing Now:
- Won the Bill Masterton Trophy (given to the player who most exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey) while skating with the Boston Bruins in 1986 as he scored 36 goals and 60 points in only 55 games.
- Finished his NHL career (1974-88) with 711 points (342-369=712) in 712 career games with the Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons, Kings, Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.
- At the time of his retirement he was the last California Golden Seal and Cleveland Baron active in professional hockey.
- Holds the highest career shooting percentage (22.34 percent) in NHL history for a player who played in at least 700 games.
- Serves as a color analyst for Sportsnet and was recently at STAPLES Center to broadcast the Kings-Calgary Flames game on Feb. 12.
- Also is a successful investment businessman who now resides in Canada.
- Played on the same team with current Kings’ head coach Terry Murray as a member of both the California Golden Seals (Oakland) and the Golden Seals’ AHL affiliate in Salt Lake City.
- Had equal offers to stay with Cleveland or sign with the Kings as a free agent in 1977. He chose the Kings because he thought it would mean a quicker path to the NHL.
- Was a January call-up as a fifth-year pro in 1979 when head coach Bob Berry put him on a line with Dionne and Taylor.
- Says Dionne (4) and Taylor (2) combined for six goals in that first game together at Detroit (7-3 Kings win on Jan. 13, 1979).
- Says he was three months away from quitting hockey in 1978-79 and then tied for the NHL lead in goals the next season thanks to finding a home at left wing on the “Triple Crown Line.”
- Says the legendary Scotty Bowman threatened to bench the “Triple Crown Line” at the 1981 NHL All-Star Game.
- Got his start in broadcasting with the Kings after serving as a post-game analyst when the Kings met the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.