Champion and Iron Woman Simmonds Retires

Photo by Teri Di-Lauro
Dania Simmonds stepped on the ice tonight for her 149th consecutive regular season CWHL game, marking a new CWHL record. After the league’s new Iron Woman came off the ice, she announced her retirement.

The veteran’s streak continued even further back, as she also played every game of her four seasons at Union College. After six seasons plus one game in the CWHL, Simmonds’ storied career comes to an end with 24 points (4 G, 20 A) and a Clarkson Cup Championship.

The Thunder organization would like to congratulate Dania on her amazing accomplishments, and her dedication, determination and commitment to the communities of Brampton, Markham, and hockey at large.

“I’ve spent the better part of the last 6 years with the Thunder and have made some lasting friendships along the way. Those teammates know who they are and know that being away from the rink will not hinder our friendships,” reflects Simmonds. “But the biggest thank you I have is to my parents. They’ve been there every step of the way during my career and have been my rocks. My family has been so supportive, understanding that ‘hockey comes first’ (within reason) and scheduling events around me, making the multiple-hour drives to and from the rinks to watch and encourage me.”

Simmonds will be focusing on spending time with her family, her career and life away from the rink. “I’m not going to be fully stepping away from hockey – that will still be a part of my life – but it will be a good opportunity to be a part of some important events that I’ve had to miss due to hockey,” she says.

“I’ve always enjoyed coaching and playing sports, so I will likely continue down that path.” Currently working for Bauer Hockey in Elite Athlete Services, she will still be connected to the hockey community. “I’m excited to be the best Auntie to my niece and nephews and be there to help them tie their first pair of skates, and understand everything there is to love about hockey.”