2017 Professional Athlete
For outstanding performance at the professional level. Must have achieved professional status and maintained that level for three (3) years or three (3) seasons and be retired from his/her professional career for a minimum of three (3) years.



Professional Athlete
Jason Simon


Jason Simon played 20 years of pro hockey, including brief stints with two NHL teams (New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes)

After a youth spent on Sarnia's Aamjiwnaang First Nation, he became the first native in history to go to the minor leagues to the NHL in one year.

Jason played 'AAA' hockey in Sarnia before lacing up his skates in the local Jr. 'B' circuit playing for the Chatham Jr Maroons and then the OHL where he plaed for the London Knights, Sudbury Wolves, Hamilton Steelhawks, Kingston Raiders and Windsor Spitfires.

In 1989 he was drafted to the New Jersey Devils. Although he was perhaps best known as a hard-nosed player (he was assessed more than 3,700 penalty minutes as a pro) Jason could also score. In fact, his professional totals included an impressive 430 points.

After retiring from pro hockey he achieved his Medical Exercise Specialist diploma and has been working with youth since 2006.


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