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Dillon Simpson
Player Profile:
Dillon Simpson 718056
Position: Defense
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 197
Year: Senior
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Club: Spruce Grove-AJHL
Major: Managerial Finance
  • Dillon Simpson Career Statistics

Career: Tied for fifth all-time among UND defensemen with four career game-winning goals and ranks eighth all-time among defensemen with 11 power-play goals … Signed with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers following his senior season.

2013-14 (Senior): Team captain … UND's youngest captain since Greg Johnson in 1991-92 and the 10th-youngest captain in program history … Named to College Hockey News’ All-CHN First Team ... Earned All-NCHC First Team honors ... Was one of three finalists for three individual conference awards: NCHC Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year ... UND’s representative on the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Also earned Academic All-NCHC honors ... Three-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week ... Was one of 20 national candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award ... Received UND’s Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award as the team’s most valuable player … Also received UND’s Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship given to the player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence … Led the nation with 109 blocked shots ... Led all UND defensemen with a career-high seven goals, including a team-leading six on the power play ... Those six power-play goals tied for the NCHC lead among defensemen and tied for second nationally ... Ranked tied for eighth on UND’s all-time single-season list for power-play goals by a defensemen ... Also had a pair of game-winning goals, one short of the school record for a defenseman ... Was a plus-2 in UND’s 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal ... Tied for the NCHC lead for points by a defenseman during conference play with 19 ... Tied for third in the NCHC (all skaters) with 10 power-play points during league play ... Led NCHC defensemen with five power-play goals in conference games ... Enjoyed five multi-point games ... Tied for the team lead with a plus-3 rating during UND’s NCHC Quarterfinal best-of-3 series vs. Colorado College (March 14-16) ... Named to College Hockey News’ 2013-14 Preseason All-CHN Second Team … Earned fourth letter.

2012-13 (Junior): 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 plus-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 No. 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.

2011-12 (Sophomore): 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 (plus-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.

2010-11 (Freshman): 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 plus-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.

Before UND: 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 ... Spent the 2008-09 season with Southside Athletic Club Midget AAA program in Edmonton.

Personal: Majoring in managerial finance and corporate accounting ... Son of Craig and Christine Simpson ... Father played at Michigan State (1983-85), spent 10 years in the NHL with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Buffalo, and won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton.

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