Wayne Simmonds: Family, Hockey, Injury, Wife & Contract

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Wayne Simmonds is a Canadian professional player for the Toronto Maple Leafs who plays hockey in the NHL. He is well-known by his nickname ‘Wayne Train’ and was drafted 61st overall by Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Simmonds was selected as the Maple Leafs’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership qualities on and off the ice on May 4, 2022. 

With his history of being an ice hockey player, Wayne Simmonds has accumulated a net worth of around $15 million as of 2024. 

Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds Playing In The Field (Source: broadstreethockey)

Hockey is, by far, one of the most popular sports globally, and Wayne is the most renowned ice-hockey player.

His story is inspiring because he started with nothing but became one of the most successful players worldwide.

The Canadian hockey player has been playing professionally since 2008 and has solidified his name in hockey history as one of the best players to play the sport.

Likewise, he has represented teams like the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres.

Here we’ll be discussing a lot more on Wayne Simmonds; from his personal to professional life. So please stick with us until the end of the article to get detailed info about Wayne Simmonds.

Let’s start with his quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Wayne Simmonds
Birth Date August 26, 1988
Birth Place Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Nick Name Wayne Train
Religion Unknown
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity Black
Education Unknown
Horoscope Virgo
Father’s Name Cyril Simmonds
Mother’s Name Wanda Mercury-Simmonds
Siblings Yes (3 Brothers And 1 sister)
Age 35 Years Old
Height 6 ft 2 in / 188 cm / 1.88 meters
Weight 185 lb / 84 kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Measurement Unknown
Shoe size Unknown
Build Athletic
Profession Ice Hockey Player
Position Right Wings
Active Years 2007-Present
Marital Status Married
Wife Crystal Corey
Kids Yes
Net Worth $15 Million
Social Media Twitter
Merch Cards, Funko Pop, Jersey
Last Update May, 2024

Early Life, Family, & Education

Wayne was born on August 26, 1988, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. He is the third son of his parents, Cyril Simmonds and Wanda Mercury-Simmonds.

Simmonds and his siblings and parents lived in West Hill in Scarborough. Moreover, his family is originally from North Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Talking about Wayne’s siblings, he has three brothers and one sister. Born and raised together, Wayne has a special connection with them.

Unfortunately, there is no more information regarding siblings of Wayne.

Likewise, Simmonds’s parents always pushed and supported Wayne in playing sports. His first skating experience was with his father when he used to take Wayne to the outdoor rink every Saturday for ice skating.

Sadly, there is no information about Wayne’s academic records.

Age And Physical Appearance

As of 2024, Wayne is [calculate years datestring=”08/26/1988″] years old as of 2024, born under the sun-sign Virgo.

And from what we know, Virgos are logical, practical, and systematic in their approach to life. Wayne shows the same characteristics.

The Canadian hockey player is blessed when it comes to his height. He has a towering height of 1.88 meters.

Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds Playing Hockey (Source: nydailynews)

Keeping his body fit and healthy with diet plans and regular exercise, Wayne weighs around 185 lb. This seems to be a normal weight for a hockey player like him.

When describing his appearance, he has black hair with a dark brown pair of eyes. Unfortunately, his other body measurements are unknown.

Wayne belongs to the Canadian nationality with black ethnicity. However, the religion he follows is still unknown to the public.

Professional Career

Early Career

As mentioned earlier, Wayne showed a keen interest in hockey from age six.

His family has always supported Simmonds’s choice, whether from hockey, football, or any other sport. He grew up a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and his favorite player was Sergei Fedorov.

At six, he played two years of house league and then switched teams to a rival squad called the Vipers. Besides hockey, Wayne played basketball, volleyball, and soccer at his middle school.

When Wayne turned nine, he had his first hockey tournament in Ottawa. He won the tournaments and got the title of the fastest skater contest.

Similarly, for the 2003-04 season, he continued his hockey career by playing A and AA hockey in the east end of Toronto of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL).

After several GTHLAAA players graduated from junior hockey, Wayne shifted to the AAA level for the first time.

For the 2005-06 season, Simmonds signed with Brockville Braves of the Central Junior A Hockey League. Mike McCourt noticed Wayne and added him to his club.

He played with legendary hockey teams from the 2006-07 season, like Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Owen Sound Attack, and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Furthermore, the talented hockey player even participated in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Professional Career

After playing with several legendary hockey teams, Wayne started his professional career after joining Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

When playing with the Kings, he made his career first NHL goal by knocking a rebound past Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks.

Wayne finished his rookie season with an average performance in the games. Not to mention, his performance impressed everyone and became a favorite for Kings’ fans.

In the second season with the Kings for the 2009-10 season, he scored 40 points, nearly double the score compared to the previous game.

For the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers drafted Wayne and Brayden Schenn on June 23, 2011.

Surprisingly, on September 22, 2011, a banana was thrown on the ice when Simmonds attempted a shootout; this was seen as a sign of racism.

After the investigation, Chris Moorhouse apologized for engaging in such a prohibited act and was fined $200.

Gordie Howe Hat-Trick

On February 11, 2012, he achieved a Gordie Howe hat-trick with a loss to the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. In August 2012, Wayne extended his contract with the Kings for 6 years.

After playing against Pittsburgh Penguins on February 20, 2013, Simmonds again received Gordie Howe’s hat-trick with a 6–5 win.

Luckily, Wayne received another Gordie Howe hat-trick in a 5–3 win against the Winnipeg Jets in the same week.

Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds Trying To Strike (Source: editorianleaf)

The Canadian-born player finished his 2013-14 season with 29 goals, 31 assists, and a career-high 60 points.

Likewise, he was given the Most Valuable Player title after scoring three goals, including the game-winning goal in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game final game. 

Simmonds entered Nashville Predators for the 2018-19 season and finished with 16 goals and 27 points in 62 games.

At the end of the season with the Predators, he was also awarded Mark Messier Leadership Award.

After the Predators, Wayne signed the contract with the New Jersey Devils on July 1, 2019. In the first game with the Devils, he had to face his former team Philadelphia Flyers, for the first time.

Moreover, Flyers fans gave him a tribute video and a standing ovation. Wayne contributed to the Devils with 8 goals and 24 points throughout 61 games.

Recent Updates

For the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Simmonds was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres on February 24, 2020. Moreover, on June 28, 2020, he became an inaugural executive board member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance.

After Sabres, the native Canadian signed with Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9, 2020. Currently, he is affiliated with Toronto, rejecting offers from high clubs.

He had a good opening season in the 2020-2021 season, scoring five goals in his first 12 games while playing on the second line with John Tavares and William Nylander.

Simmonds had to take a break because he suffered a fractured wrist in a game against the Vancouver Canucks in February 2021.

He returned to the team in March but did not join the lineup. He missed 18 games but returned from injured reserve on 19 March, skating in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Simmonds signed a two-year worth $1.8 million contract extension with Toronto on June 29, 2021.

Wayne played his 1,000th NHL game on the same day as Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano’s own 1,000th game, who became his teammate after several days on March 5, 2022.

He was also nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2022.

Net Worth And Salary

It is self-evident that Wayne earns quite a good amount of money and lives lavishly. He has been working as a professional ice hockey player since 2007.

So there is no doubt he earns a handsome salary from his career. The hockey player has accumulated great fortune since his early days.

Most of Simmonds’s money comes from his professional hockey career, his net worth is around $15 million.

He signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers with an average salary of 1.75 million.

In 2012, the contract with the Flyers extended for 6 more years worth $4 million. Likewise, in the 2018-19 year, Simmonds earned a base salary of $5,000,000 and a cap hit of $3,975,000.

When Simmonds joined New Jersey Devils, he signed one year contract worth $5 million. The young player signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Unfortunately, Wayne has not shared details regarding his personal assets like a mansion, car, and other business involvement.

If found any, the readers will be updated soon. Not much is disclosed about how he spends his salary, and he keeps this a secret.

Looking at this impressive net worth and salary amount, the hockey player seems to be enjoying and living a lavish life.

Charity

In 2012, Wayne Simmonds launched an annual charity event named Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors (WRHW). Well, this event took place in his hometown, Scarborough, Ontario. 

Every summer to date, professional hockey players and kids join for a ball hockey tournament that brings in profile and popularity. 

In the meantime, it also assists underprivileged youth in pursuing their hockey dreams. This community allows kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to participate in a sport they may not have had the ability to play before.

Likewise, Wayne got together with the NHLPA’s grassroots hockey initiative, Goals & Dreams, to connect more Scarborough kids to the game.

“Hopefully, it brings people together and instills the importance of community. You also want to see every kid have an equal opportunity to enjoy sports.”
– Wayne Simmonds

Wife And Children

We are sure this is the most awaited section for the readers, especially when you are a true Wayne fan.

Everyone wants to know about his personal life, as we see him only professionally in the tournaments.

Although Wayne is a popular player, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the media.

He does not speak much about his personal life and is very sensitive when revealing details of his love life.

Wayne is married to a beautiful woman named Crystal Corey.

According to the sources, Wayne Simmonds and his wife, Crystal Corey, dated for quite a long time before marriage.

Wayne Simmonds With His Wife
Wayne Simmonds With His Wife (Source: playerswiki.com)

In January 2017, Simmonds’s proposed to Corey when the couples were on an outing. The venue is not revealed yet, but it was at some high altitude.

Wayne wrote:

“11,700 feet and she said YES! I Love you @cryscorey ??#SimmondsandSimmonds”.

In July 2018, the Simmonds couple got married. Sadly, there is no news regarding their marriage ceremony. The couple is also blessed with a daughter named Kori.

Despite having a beautiful relationship with Corey and his daughter, Simmonds has not shared the lovely moments on his social media as he keeps most things private.

Also, there is no rumor of separation or divorce between Simmonds and his wife, Corey. However, it seems the two are living a blissful life. 

Pets

Our favorite right-wing, Wayne, has always been a loving person. This loving nature is not only for humans but for pets too.

Similarly, he has shown the world that love lasts for pets, too, not for human beings only.

The player has two pet dogs named Jax and Boe. Wayne has turned out to be an excellent animal lover.

If you want to take a quick peek at his dogs, visit his Twitter, where Simmonds often posts pictures of his pets celebrating their birthday. 

Social Media Presence 

The young and talented Canadian hockey player is not very active on his social networking site. He’s rarely seen sharing photos and tweets on social media.

Wayne uses only Twitter to connect with his fans and followers worldwide and is not active on popular social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube Channel.

On Twitter, Wayne is available as @Simmonds17 and has around 233.7K followers. He joined the popular social site in February 2012.

Moreover, Simmonds is also seen on different news and sports channels discussing his professional and personal life.

Popularity Graph

Wayne Simmonds is a professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.

Wayne Simmonds Popularity Graph
Wayne Simmonds Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph shows Simmonds’s popularity over the past twelve months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What's Wayne Simmonds's jersey number?

Earlier, Wayne wore Jersey with the number 17. He wears jersey number 24 with Toronto Maple Leafs.

Which position did Wayne play for?

Wayne played for a right-wing position, and his average salary is estimated at $5 million.

What happened between Shea Weber and Wayne Simmonds?

During May 2021 match, Wayne Simmonds stood in the starting lineup in place of Mitch Marner for one shift. Throughout the game, Shea and Wayne had faceoffs and other various issues.  In the end, Weber was fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Cross-checking Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds.

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