Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 170 Days
Address: c/o CBC TV
Item Sent: 1987-88 Topps, 1990 Michigan State Collegiate Collection, 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian
Item Received: 1987-88 Topps, 1990 Michigan State Collegiate Collection, 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian. All signed in black Sharpie.
The best years of Craig Simpson's career came in Edmonton. He won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers (1988 and 1990) and truly appeared to be on his way toward becoming the Edmonton dynasty's next superstar. He was a 50 goal scorer during his first season with the Oilers (actually he scored 43 with the Oilers after scoring 13 with the Penguins earlier in the year, giving him 56 total on the season). His greatest hockey have have been played in the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs, however. He perfectly played the role of Mark Messier's sidekick, tallying 31 points in 22 playoff games as the Oilers captured the franchise's only post-Gretzky Cup. After two injury plagued years in Buffalo, Simpson was forced into early retirement, prematurely ending a special career. He's had a second career as a broadcaster and has been one of the signature voices of Hockey Night in Canada for many years.