The 10 greatest L.A. Kings of all time -- No. 10: Charlie Simmer
The call went out for readers to send in their top 10 Kings of all time, and the response was overwhelming. Now, 1,612 ballots later, we are proud to present the readers' picks. We will unveil one per day, Monday through Friday, until the entire top 10 is revealed. Remember, points were awarded to each ballot, with first place worth 12 points, second place worth nine, third place worth eight, all the way down to one point for 10th place. I broke three calculators and two abacuses tabulating the results and learned one very important lesson: Never, ever do this again without having PricewaterhouseCoopers on standby.
Without further ado, here is No. 10:
No. 10: Charlie Simmer (eight first-place votes, 2,167 points)
Part of the famed Triple Crown line along with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer came to the NHL with the late, great California Golden Seals and was signed by the Kings after the Seals (who had moved to Cleveland and become the Cleveland Barons) released him in 1977.
Simmer joined the Kings to stay during the 1978-79 season, scoring 21 goals in 39 games.
Simmer had consecutive 56-goal seasons (1979-80 and 1980-81) and led the NHL in goals in that 1979-80 season. A two-time All-Star, Simmer was traded to Boston in 1984.
Simmer is currently seventh on the Kings' career goal-scoring list with 222 and ninth in points with 466.
He is currently a broadcaster for the Calgary Flames.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Charlie Simmer. Credit: Los Angeles Times