RDC hockey Kings get offensive boost by adding Innisfail's Simpson
The RDC hockey Kings’ offence received a boost Thursday with the addition of Innisfail native Riley Simpson.
The 20-year-old Simpson played junior hockey for two seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before spending the last two seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
“He definitely is a nice addition to our team,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper. “You can’t teach scoring and he has the potential to be one of the better offensive players in the league.”
Simpson played bantam AAA hockey with the Red Deer Rebels White team and was a pick of the Kootenay Ice in the 2008 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. He spent a season with the Red Deer Northstar Chiefs in minor midget AAA before joining the Bandits. He had 16 goals, 18 assists and 48 minutes in penalties in 34 games his first season then added 35 goals and 41 helpers to go with 70 minutes in penalties in 59 games. In the playoffs he had seven goals and one assist in nine games the first season and three goals and seven helpers in 10 games his second season.
The five-foot-eight, 185-pound Simpson was named to the AJHL’s South all-rookie team following the 2009-10 season and was on the AJHL’s South Division all-star team in 2010-11.
His first year at Ohio State proved to be a write off as he played two games before being injured for the rest of the season. Last season he played 34 games, scoring three times and adding two assists.
He decided to return to Central Alberta and was accepted into electrical engineering at RDC.
There’s a possibility Keeper will add one more forward before the team looks to open the Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League camp, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Penhold.
“We have one other player, who’s looking at getting his courses,” said Keeper. “He played pro in Colorado in the Central Hockey League after spending some time with Mount Royal and Grant MacEwan in the college League.”
Keeper wouldn’t mind adding some defensive depth, but that’s easier said than done.
“I would have liked to have seven or eight defencemen, but right now we have six,” he said. “But this year everyone is looking for D-men. It seems to be an area that’s a little thin. If we don’t get anyone else some of the guys we have up front have played some defence, so they can help out.
“Right now we’re good up front and in goal, and the guys we do have on defence are solid players.”
There’s a chance the Kings’ camp may not open until Sept. 3.
“They’re repairing the plant in Penhold, so it’s still up in the air if they’ll be ready by the Sept. 1,” said Keeper. “If they’re not ready they said they should be by Sept. 3.”
The Kings don’t practice Sept, 2 but will be on the ice the following three days at 4:45 p.m.
Keeper confirmed Thursday the Kings will open their preseason schedule Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Penhold against the SAIT Trojans. They play SAIT Sept. 14 in Calgary and will host the University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings Sept, 19 in Penhold.