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Brave One
E.M. Swift
December 16, 1996
Native North American Chris Simon, a left wing for the Capitals, has beaten booze, opponents and the odds to become a success in the NHL
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December 16, 1996

Brave One

Native North American Chris Simon, a left wing for the Capitals, has beaten booze, opponents and the odds to become a success in the NHL

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"Simon destroyed Probert," says Rocky Mountain News writer Rick Sadowski. "It looked like Mike Tyson against Peter McNeeley."

In the final two Stanley Cup rounds, however, against Detroit and the Florida Panthers—teams that do not try to intimidate the opposition—Simon dressed for only two games. He got his name on the Cup after the Avalanche swept Florida, but his future in Colorado was sealed when he asked for a raise that would double his salary, to $1 million a season. Avalanche general manager Pierre LaCroix balked and eventually traded him. "Our forwards aren't as good as Colorado's," says the Caps' Poile. "He'll get more chances to excel here."

As Simon has proved before, he's good at second chances. And as Probert and others can attest, Simon only needs one shot to drop a moose.

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