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Published: Monday, 1/21/2013

Walleye goalie Simpson called up to AHL

20-year-old rookie leaves Toledo, goes to Rockford

BLADE STAFF

Toledo Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson was called up to Rockford of the American Hockey League today.

Simpson, a 20-year-old rookie, started his pro career in Toledo. In 20 appearances with the Walleye, Simpson has posted an 8-8-3 record with an .885 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average.

The Edmonton, Alberta, native made his pro debut with Rockford in the IceHogs' season finale last year.

Prior to turning pro, Simpson spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips.

Simpson was the No. 1 goaltender for Everett for the last two seasons. He played in 53 games in 2010-11 and appeared in 60 games last season. He spent his entire junior career with Everett and had a 3.02 goals-against average.

Simpson was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the 2010 NHL draft. The organization signed him to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract in March.

Simpson made his pro debut with Rockford last April. He played in just the one AHL game and was assigned to Toledo entering this season.

He has split time with Jordan Pearce this season with the Walleye.

The Walleye return home on Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings at the Huntington Center.



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