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Former Canadian hockey star Chris Simon, who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, has tragically died by suicide at the age of 52. His family believes that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) played a significant role in his death. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that affects individuals with a history of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, particularly athletes. The family released a statement expressing their grief over the loss of their son, brother, father, partner, teammate, and friend, attributing his struggles with CTE to his untimely passing.

Simon had a successful career in the NHL, playing over 800 games in 15 seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He also reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Washington Capitals in 1998 and the Calgary Flames in 2004. Drafted 25th overall in the 1990 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Simon went on to play for eight different NHL teams during his career. He was known for his fearlessness on the ice, always willing to stand up for his teammates and playing a key role in the dressing room, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues.

Numerous teams and athletes paid tribute to Simon following his passing, sharing heartfelt messages and fond memories of their time with him. Former teammate Joe Sakic remembered Simon as a great guy, a beloved teammate, and an important part of their championship season. In addition to the Avalanche, the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks all expressed their condolences, highlighting Simon’s contributions to their respective teams. The Ontario Hockey League also mourned his passing, recognizing him as an imposing player with the Ottawa 67’s and Soo Greyhounds.

The NHL Alumni Association praised Simon for his on-ice skills and off-ice character, describing him as a beloved friend, father, brother, and son. The association emphasized his willingness to stand up for his teammates and his important role in the dressing room. Tributes poured in from various teams, including the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Ontario Hockey League, all expressing their sadness over Simon’s death and remembering him as a talented and caring individual.

Simon’s former agent shared the family’s belief that his struggles with CTE ultimately led to his death, shedding light on the long-term effects of head injuries in sports. The tragic loss of such a beloved figure in the hockey community serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of player safety and brain health in professional sports. Simon’s legacy as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, and caring friend will live on in the memories of those who knew and admired him both on and off the ice.

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