Published on December 18, 2012
Jon Sim, left, races for the puck during against Nathan Deck of the Oklahoma City Barons during one of his first games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.
Steven Christy – Oklahoma City Barons Team Photographer
Published on November 04, 2013
@dtcyankee's tweet about Jon Sim returning to the New York Islanders organization.
Published on November 04, 2013
@tooSh3a's tweet about Jon Sim returning to the New York Islanders organization.
New Glasgow native expects to play this weekend with Tigers
NEW GLASGOW – Saturday night New Glasgow’s Jon Sim expects to be back in action after signing a 25-game professional tryout contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut last week.
“They contacted me last week to basically see what I was looking for playing wise and I was just looking to get back on the ice, so I actually talked to the GM Garth (Snow) myself about going down to Bridgeport and playing,” he said. “We finalized it and now I’m on my way.”
Sim spent a portion of last year’s AHL season with the San Antonio Rampage before moving to the Adirondack Phantoms after 22 games. In total he played 56 games between the two teams, scoring 12 goals and 32 points.
Sim spent time with the Tigers, the New York Islanders AHL affiliate, in 2008-09 and 2010-11. In 162 regular season games (2007-08 to 2010-11) with the Islanders Sim had 23 goals and 42 points. He also added 20 goals and 32 points in 26 games with Bridgeport.
“Well yeah, I was there for four years and to go back to something that I know and is familiar is going to be a lot easier for myself,” he said. “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
He was en route to Bridgeport yesterday and was expecting to practise with the team starting today. Sim said he has been preparing for an opportunity to arise, so he expects to be in game shape quickly. The toughest part was leaving New Glasgow yesterday.
“I think the toughest part is probably gone now,” he said. “Leaving my kids and my wife was probably the hardest part of this experience. I think once I get to the rink and I get my feet wet with practices it will just become second nature to me.
“It’s my 15th or 16th year so I’m not too worried about the games or the practices, I was more worried about this morning than I am next week.”
Over the past few months he has been in the gym every morning before practising with the Weeks Junior A Crushers in the afternoon. He said he knows he’s in good shape and feels the practices this week heading into Saturday’s game against the Hershey Bears will be the final preparation he needs.
“It’s a PTO (professional tryout) a 25-game tryout that’s obviously based on my play and we’ll see where it goes I guess,” he said. “I try to work as hard as I can when I’m on the ice because I was hoping and I kind of had a feeling this was going to happen. I tried to keep myself in the best shape.”
He said he isn’t necessarily looking to match last year’s scoring output or has any particular goals for his 25 games with the organization.
“I don’t really set goals per se,” said Sim. “I’m going to go in and I’m going to play my game. I’m going to help the young guys, be a professional and a leader hopefully and try to get this team some wins and help the young guys along the way the best I can.
“It is a great opportunity for myself and to be playing at my age I haven’t thought about too much, but I think it’s a great accomplishment.”
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