Previous TeamSpruce Grove (AJHL)
Dillon Simpson Career Highlights
Named to 2013-14 College Hockey News' Preseason All-CHN Second Team ... One of 20 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award ... UND's youngest team captain in 22 years ... Was age 20 years, 7 months, 26 days on opening night ... Two-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week ... Leads all NCHC defensemen in scoring and is tied for third in the league's scoring race with 11 points (3G, 8A) in 12 conference games ... Tied for the league lead in assists (8) during NCHC games ... Six of his 11 NCHC points have coming during NCHC, which leads all skaters ... Has 13 points (4G, 9A) in 20 games overall, tied for fourth-best among NCHC defensemen ... Leads the NCHC and is tied for eighth nationally with 49 blocked shots ... Has captained UND to a 7-game winning streak, the nation's longest active streak, collecting points in six of those seven games ... Has three goals and four assists during that stretch, including GWG in 5-3 win vs. Colorado College (Jan. 10) ... Named NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Nov. 18 after a 4-point series against Minnesota Duluth ... Had two assists in series opener and a goal and an assist in the finale ... Also received the award Jan. 13 after a 3-point series in a sweep of Colorado College ... Scored GWG with an assist in series opener and added an assist in the finale ... Blocked a UND season-high eight shots in a Nov. 9 game at Nebraska Omaha ... Received UND's Marcus & Lynn Chorney Men’s Hockey Scholarship Endowment.
Earned his second straight WCHA Scholar-Athlete honor ... Also named to his second consecutive All-WCHA Academic Team ... Received team’s Most Improved Player Award ... Established new career highs in points (24), goals (five), assists (19), and power-play goals (three) ... Led UND’s defensemen in scoring ... Ranked sixth among WCHA defensemen with 19 assists ... Had three points during the first round of the WCHA Playoffs to lead all WCHA defensemen ... Scored the game’s first goal and was a +3 in UND’s 6-0 Game 3 win over Michigan Tech in the first round (March 17) ... Had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win in Game 1 (March 15) ... Racked up 19 of his 24 points after Dec. 1, which tied him for sixth nationally among defensemen during that stretch ... Had four goals and 15 assists in 29 games during that time ... That stretch began in a 3-2 overtime win at #18 Colorado College (Dec. 1) when he scored the game-tying goal with 13 seconds left in regulation ... Collected a goal and two assists for his first career 3-point game in a 6-1 win at No. 10 Denver (Feb. 23) ... Enjoyed a stretch of 24 consecutive games without taking a penalty from Dec. 8 to March 17 ... Recipient of UND’s Rick & Lori Lee Impact Scholarship ... Earned third letter.
Named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete ... Also selected to his first All-WCHA Academic Team ... Appeared in all 42 games and achieved career highs in points (18) and assists (16) ... Ranked second among defensemen in plus/minus (+10) ... Scored his first career game-winning goal in series-clinching 4-3 win over Bemidji State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs ... Was a plus or even in 34 of his 42 games ... Was a career-best +4 in a 7-3 win over Harvard on New Year’s Eve ... Enjoyed a pair of 2-assist games in wins over Bemidji State (Nov. 19) and Clarkson (Jan. 7) ... Strung together a career-best 4-game point streak when he notched one assist in each game from Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 ... Enjoyed a stretch in which he recorded 11 points (all assists) in 12 games from Nov. 5 to Jan. 7 … Recipient of the Rick and Lori Lee Impact Scholarship … Earned his second letter.
Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft ... Named to Athletics Director’s Fall Honor Roll ... Appeared in 30 games, tallying two goals and eight assists ... Recorded a plus-11 rating ... Had an assist and was a +3 in game one of UND’s first-round WCHA playoff series against Michigan Tech (March 11) ... Notched his first collegiate point with a goal against No. 12 Denver (Oct. 29) ... Also scored a power-play goal in a 3-2 win at St. Cloud State (Feb. 19) ... Had his first multi-point game with a pair of assists in an 8-0 win over Robert Morris (Jan. 7) ... Hit the scoresheet in three straight games from Feb. 19 to Feb. 27 ... Had a goal and two assists during that stretch ... Was a plus or even in 28 of his 30 games ... Logged a negative rating only once since the start of November ... Earned first letter.
Highlights from Prior to Current Team:
Spent the 2009-10 season with Spruce Grove of the AJHL and led the Saints to an Enerflex Cup championship ... Also helped lead the Saints to the Dave Duchak Trophy as AJHL regular season champions with a remarkable 52-4-1-3 record ... Named AJHL Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the AJHL North Division All-Rookie Team ... Participated in the 2010 AJHL All-Star Game and had three assists ... Scored 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 58 regular season games and tied for the team lead with 10 power-play goals ... Ranked second among all AJHL defensemen in PPG ... Added six assists in 16 playoff games ... Named one of Inside College Hockey’s Nine Newsmakers for 2010.
Majoring in managerial finance and corporate accounting ... Son of Craig and Christine Simpson ... Father played collegiately at Michigan State (1983-85) ... Was drafted in the first round, second overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft ... Spent 10 years in the National Hockey League with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Buffalo ... Won Stanley Cups with the Oilers in 1988 and 1990 ...Scored 497 points in 634 career games before retiring due to a back injury at age 28 ... Served as an assistant coach on the Oilers' team that advanced to the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Finals ... Currently serves as the lead analyst on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
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