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Simmonds: Playing in Europe was completely different

Jan 11, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

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Wayne Simmonds enjoyed his stints in the Czech Republic and Germany during the lockout, but it was still a big adjustment for him.

“It’s a different game completely,” Simmonds said in a CSNPhilly report.

In the European leagues he played for, he found that fighting was less common, but “guys take more liberties.”

The Philadelphia Flyers winger has made his living in the NHL as a physical forward and felt he needed to take a stand to prevent his opponents from taking cheap shots. Before he did that, he said his opponents would grab onto his jersey and frequently obstruct him.

“You’ve got to stand up for yourself and make a statement early on,” Simmonds said. “They pretty much left me alone after that.”

Simmonds had six points and 16 penalty minutes in six games with Liberec Bili Tygri HC of the Czech league and another 14 points and 35 PIM in nine contests with Crimmitschau ETC of Germany’s second-tier league.

Now that the lockout is over, he’ll begin his second season with the Philadelphia Flyers after scoring a career-high 28 goals in 2011-12.

  1. dkphilly1122 - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Wayne defines what a true Broad Street Bully is and was. I love the way he plays and is psychical when need be. Can’t wait to watch Hockey period!! Come on January 19th!!

  2. zetaone - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    “You’ve got to stand up for yourself and make a statement early on,” Simmonds said. “They pretty much left me alone after that.”

    Sounds like prison.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Great player perfectly molded for the Philly style

  4. barroomhero80 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Loved this dude even after he left my Kings. GKG!

  5. wisdomnfl - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Even as a pens fan I like this guy’s style. Good tough player.

  6. chasestern - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Zetaone you are totally right!

  7. shortsxit34 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    As a Kings fan, I really miss Simmonds. He was one of the few guys that always gave 100%. Even though I knew the trade was good for the team, I hated to see him go.

  8. northstars17 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    after all that BS harassment he went through… I bet he is STOKED to return to the city of BROTHERLY LOVE!


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