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John Simus
Born (1943-01-27)January 27, 1943
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died March 15, 2018(2018-03-15) (aged 75)
Frisco, Texas, USA
Buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Rangers Tab United States Army Rangers
Years of service 1966–1968
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain

John Otto Simus (January 27, 1943 – March 15, 2018) was an American ice hockey Forward and Vietnam veteran who was an All-American for Colorado College[1]


Simus joined the varsity squad at Colorado College in 1961 and suffered through one of the worst seasons in the history of college hockey. Simus scored 14 points for the Tigers and the team lost all 23 games they played during the campaign. CC's offense wasn't great but it was the defense that caused the most trouble; the Tigers allowed an average of almost 8 goals per game. The next season the team saw a vast improvement in play and produced a winning season (12–11) for the first time in five years. Head coach Tony Frasca was named as the National coach of the year for the quick turnaround but he resigned at the end of the season. As a senior Simus was relied on heavily by new bench boss Bob Johnson. Simus responded by leading the team in scoring and was named to the All-WCHA First Team and was an All-American.

After graduating, Simus eventually joined the Army Rangers and served both in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.[2] After leaving the military, Simus worked for Electronic Data Systems for 30 years.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 Washburn High School USHS
1959–60 Washburn High School USHS
1961–62 Colorado College WCHA 18 7 7 14 14
1962–63 Colorado College WCHA
1963–64 Colorado College WCHA 26 21 17 38 18

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1963–64 [3]
AHCA West All-American 1963–64 [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1963–1964 All-American Team". The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  2. "John Otto Simus". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved January 13, 2021. 
  3. "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

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