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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sept 13--Don Simmons

Don Simmons

In January of 1957 he made his NHL debut with Boston when he was purchased from Springfield of the AHL.
Simmons made nearly 250 appearances for three different NHL clubs in the 50s and 60s. He was also known as a durable competitor in the minors during a pro career that lasted nearly 20 years.

Simmons was the first Goaltender to adopt the face mask after Jacques Plante introduced it in 1959. He was a rarity in his day in that he caught with his left-hand.

Received blue ink signed card TTM.

Return envelope but can't read the postmarked date. Late 80's though.

Three days till Leaf training camp opens. I'm stoked. Where else but in Leafland (otherwise known as Southern Ontario) would they televise live games from the rookie camp tournament. And people will actually watch. And the Leafs finish at 2-1. And And And HOCKEY

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