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Game Analyst, NHL on Sportsnet

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Two-time Stanley Cup Champion and over 20-year broadcast veteran Craig Simpson signed on with Rogers in August 2014 as a game analyst for the NHL on Sportsnet.

Before joining Rogers, Simpson was a key analyst on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, offering incomparable insight as a celebrated NHL player and coach.

A native of London, Ontario, Simpson began his broadcasting career in 1996 as a NHL analyst at TSN following his retirement from the NHL in 1995. After spending a year with the Canadian broadcaster, Simpson travelled south of the border to join FoxSportsNet for two years before signing on with Sportsnet as an Edmonton Oilers analyst in 1999.

In 2003, Simpson stepped behind the bench for the Edmonton Oilers as assistant coach and contributed to the team’s success for four seasons before returning to the CBC studio in 2007.

In addition to his work with the NHL, Simpson also acted as a Men’s Hockey analyst at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Prior to his work in front of the camera, Simpson enjoyed a ten-year career in the NHL. The second-pick of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Simpson began his playing career with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1987.  During his 6 years with the Oilers he won Stanley Cups in 1988 and 1990. His 56 goals in 87-88 stand as the last Edmonton Oilers player to reach the 50 goal plateau, and his 31 points in 22 games led the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring. After spending his last 2 years with the Buffalo Sabres, he was forced to retire from hockey with a back injury.

Appears On:

  • NHL on Sportsnet
  • Hockey Night in Canada