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Fan Favorite Simon Back in the Springs This Weekend

April 3, 2002 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) - Colorado Gold Kings News Release

Colorado Springs, CO - For the first time since the 1998-99 season, fans of the Colorado Gold Kings will have a chance to see one of their favorites, Jason Simon, as he returns to the World Arena wearing an Anchorage uniform.

Simon, along with current Gold King Aaron Boh and ex-enforcer Dean Ewen (now retired), ranks among the most beloved players ever to suit up in Colorado Springs. During Colorado's inaugural 1998-99 campaign, he racked up 419 minutes in penalties, still a team record and the fourth-highest total in the history of the West Coast Hockey League. Simon, who fits into the Anchorage lineup as a winger, also contributed offensively for the Gold Kings even while playing mostly on the blue line, scoring 15 goals and assisting on 24 others in 60 games.

The 33-year-old Simon began his 19-team professional hockey odyssey in 1989 after being selected in the 11th round of that year's NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He eventually played in five NHL games, four with the New York Islanders in 1994 and one with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997. In nine games with Anchorage thus far, Simon has one goal, three assists, and 39 PIM.

The Gold Kings (37-26-7) and Simon's Aces (19-42-9) collide this weekend at the Colorado Springs World Arena, beginning with a "$5 Friday" at the special starting time of 7:30 p.m. Any ticket in the upper bowl may be purchased for only five dollars. Sunday night marks the regular season finale and Fan Appreciation Night at 7:30 p.m., when all fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from every member of the Gold Kings. Jack Michaels calls the play-by-play for Colorado's games, all of which are broadcast live on KKCS-AM Hot Talk 1460.

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