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(Posted 9:30 a.m., May 12)
Cairine Wilson alum living life large as sports talk radio host
By Mike Beasley

Cairine Wilson graduate and former Gloucester Ranger Shawn Simpson is now a TSN 1200 radio personality. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Upon speaking with Cairine Wilson alum and former Gloucester Ranger Shawn Simpson the first two things that stand out is that he is a likeable character and he loves to talk. Those two characteristics suit him well in his job as an on-air host at TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa.

Simpson and co-host Ian Mendes are the voices behind “The Drive” which airs every weekday from 2-6 p.m.

“Simmer” as he known to his friends, co-workers and listeners began working at the sports radio station in January 2012, in his co-host role as well as Ottawa Senators post-game broadcasts.

“I came back to Ottawa in 2011 and was fortunate enough to get my foot in the door with the old Team 1200,” Simpson recalls. “Since then I’ve become more involved with Ottawa sports radio, I love watching and commenting on sports, especially hockey which has always been a large part of my identity.”

Simpson has come full circle after his childhood days living on the Rockcliffe air base.

He remembers taking his first steps towards being a hockey player at the old Rockcliffe arena along with his playing time with the East Ottawa Voyageurs and the Gloucester Rangers.

“I had a lot of fun back in those days and have tons of great memories from my time growing up in the east end.”

Simpson’s address changed several times during his teens living just off of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard in the Convent Glen area.

He still remembers summertime and going to the old drive-in near the Potvin Arena with his buddies from Cairine Wilson and Colonel By Secondary Schools.

After winning four championships with the Gloucester Rangers, Simpson was the first goalie selected in the 1985 OHL Draft when the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds picked him in the 2nd round.

Simpson was decent enough in his first OHL season to catch the eye of Pierre Dorion Sr. who worked for the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau during the 1980s.

As a result, he was the first goaltender chosen in the 1986 NHL draft, taken 60th overall by the Washington Capitals.

Dorion’s son, Pierre Jr. is the current general manager of the Ottawa Senators who are enjoying a decent playoff run this spring.

In 1987, Simpson was a first team OHL All-Star and was selected to play on the national junior team that was disqualified from that year’s World Junior Championship for their involvement with the Russians in the infamous, “Punch up in Piestany” brawl.

Simpson’s professional playing career was brief after a three-year stay with Washington’s AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland.

He never played in an NHL game, but served as a back-up on two occasions during a Washington playoff game in 1988 and 1990.

After retiring due to injury in 1990, Simpson worked as a colour commentator on the Washington Capitals network while he completed his university studies at Georgetown University.

After graduating he joined the Capital’s scouting staff and in 1997 he was promoted to director of hockey operations and served as GM of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, the Capitals’ main affiliate.

Simpson left the Capital’s organization in 2004 and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as a pro scout.

When he was let go by the Leafs in 2008, he was offered a job as the GM of Dinamo Minsk in the KHL and remained in Russia until 2011.

That’s when Simpson decided to move back to Ottawa and set his sights on making a name for himself in sports radio.

“In the past, I never thought of moving back to Ottawa. Now I’ll never think of leaving.”

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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