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Former Cents defenceman Simoes Commits To RiverKings Return

June 10, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Mississippi RiverKings

Mississippi RiverKings (Southaven, MS) --- Mississippi RiverKings defenseman David Simoes will bring his physical style of play back to the Mid-South for another year. The Central Hockey League (CHL) Northeast Division champion RiverKings have announced that the battling Simoes will back for his second season with the team when the puck first drops for the 2009-10 campaign this October.

RiverKings Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Kaminski is happy to have Simoes return and feels the fans will also enjoy having him back. "Simmer brings a lot of heart, character, and a great work ethic, Kaminski said. "He leads by example, brings a lot of toughness which he loves to do, does a great job on the penalty kill, and his defensive game keeps on getting better."

Last season with the RiverKings, Simoes was third among CHL defensemen in penalty minutes with 194, which placed him second on the RiverKings roster for time served. He led the league in major penalties with 30.

On the offensive side of the score sheet, Simoes scored four goals and added 15 assists for 19 points. He did have a three-game point streak with four assists between October 31st and November 7th in games between Colorado and Rocky Mountain and finished the year tied for sixth on the Mississippi roster for plus-minus at plus-18.

In the playoffs, Simoes earned one assist and had 15 penalty minutes, 13 of which came in the last five consecutive games of the RiverKings' post season.

Prior to coming to Mississippi for the start of last season, Simoes played 45 games with the New Mexico Scorpions and the final 18 regular season games and five playoff tilts for the Youngstown SteelHounds during the 2007-08 schedule.

Starting the year with New Mexico, David scored one goal and added five assists with 146 PIMS, and added an assist for the SteelHounds on their stretch drive to the post season with 90 PIMS. He did not score, but collected 19 penalty minutes in the SteelHounds' playoff run.

That year, Simoes was second overall in penalty minutes and led the league in PIMS by a rookie with 236. David also led the CHL rookies in majors with 28. At the same time, David was tied for third among the league's first year players in plus-minus at plus-14.

With Youngstown, Simoes was named the team's "Unsung Hero" at the end of the season.

Simoes came to the CHL from the Canadian collegiate ranks, where he played in seven games for South Alberta Institute of Technology during the 2006-07 season. Before that, he spent five seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League, primarily at Williams Lake, with other stops being at Prince George, Merritt, and Burnaby.

During his final BCHL season at Burnaby, Simoes scored six goals, adding 30 assists for 35 points to go with 226 penalty minutes. His team went on to win the Canadian National Junior "A" championship, the RBC Royal Bank Cup. Simoes earned the "Most Popular Player" Award in the Express' post-season honors.

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