BREAKING: NHL Veteran Officially Retires and Takes on a Coaching Role

Published August 24, 2023 at 1:50 PM

A new chapter has dawned for veteran defenseman Dillon Simpson as he bids farewell to his professional hockey career and embraces a fresh role as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota hockey program. The announcement, conveyed by the Fighting Hawks, ushers in an exciting era for Simpson and the program.

Transitioning to Coaching

Simpson's transition from active play to coaching comes after a nine-season journey through minor league hockey, amassing an impressive tally of nearly 500 AHL games. The son of former Edmonton Oiler Craig Simpson, Dillon's decision to shift gears showcases his deep connection to the sport.

A Career Overview

Simpson embarked on his professional odyssey in 2011 as an Edmonton Oilers' fourth-round pick. While his NHL appearances were limited, his prowess flourished as a respected leader and shutdown defender in the AHL. A true team player, Simpson's leadership abilities shone during his tenure with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters, where he also captained the team for two seasons.

Returning to Roots

Reconnecting with his roots, Simpson's role with the University of North Dakota holds special significance. A former captain of the Fighting Hawks, he left an indelible mark with 75 points and a +22 rating across four seasons.

As he hangs up his skates, Simpson's legacy endures, and his transition to coaching ushers in a promising era of growth and mentorship for the University of North Dakota's hockey program.
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