9:30 a.m., May 12)
Wilson alum living life large as sports talk radio host
By Mike Beasley
Wilson graduate and former Gloucester Ranger
Shawn Simpson is now a TSN 1200 radio personality.
speaking with Cairine Wilson alum and former Gloucester
Ranger Shawn Simpson the first two things that stand out
is that he is a likeable character and he loves to talk.
Those two characteristics suit him well in his job as
an on-air host at TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa.
and co-host Ian Mendes are the voices behind The
Drive which airs every weekday from 2-6 p.m.
as he known to his friends, co-workers and listeners began
working at the sports radio station in January 2012, in
his co-host role as well as Ottawa Senators post-game
came back to Ottawa in 2011 and was fortunate enough to
get my foot in the door with the old Team 1200,
Simpson recalls. Since then Ive become more
involved with Ottawa sports radio, I love watching and
commenting on sports, especially hockey which has always
been a large part of my identity.
has come full circle after his childhood days living on
the Rockcliffe air base.
remembers taking his first steps towards being a hockey
player at the old Rockcliffe arena along with his playing
time with the East Ottawa Voyageurs and the Gloucester
had a lot of fun back in those days and have tons of great
memories from my time growing up in the east end.
address changed several times during his teens living
just off of Jeanne dArc Boulevard in the Convent
still remembers summertime and going to the old drive-in
near the Potvin Arena with his buddies from Cairine Wilson
and Colonel By Secondary Schools.
winning four championships with the Gloucester Rangers,
Simpson was the first goalie selected in the 1985 OHL
Draft when the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds picked him
in the 2nd round.
was decent enough in his first OHL season to catch the
eye of Pierre Dorion Sr. who worked for the NHLs
Central Scouting Bureau during the 1980s.
a result, he was the first goaltender chosen in the 1986
NHL draft, taken 60th overall by the Washington Capitals.
son, Pierre Jr. is the current general manager of the
Ottawa Senators who are enjoying a decent playoff run
1987, Simpson was a first team OHL All-Star and was selected
to play on the national junior team that was disqualified
from that years World Junior Championship for their
involvement with the Russians in the infamous, Punch
up in Piestany brawl.
professional playing career was brief after a three-year
stay with Washingtons AHL affiliate in Baltimore,
never played in an NHL game, but served as a back-up on
two occasions during a Washington playoff game in 1988
retiring due to injury in 1990, Simpson worked as a colour
commentator on the Washington Capitals network while he
completed his university studies at Georgetown University.
graduating he joined the Capitals scouting staff
and in 1997 he was promoted to director of hockey operations
and served as GM of the AHLs Portland Pirates, the
Capitals main affiliate.
left the Capitals organization in 2004 and joined
the Toronto Maple Leafs as a pro scout.
he was let go by the Leafs in 2008, he was offered a job
as the GM of Dinamo Minsk in the KHL and remained in Russia
when Simpson decided to move back to Ottawa and set his
sights on making a name for himself in sports radio.
the past, I never thought of moving back to Ottawa. Now
Ill never think of leaving.
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