Jon Sim was an original Sarnia Sting, playing in their first season after relocating from Newmarket. Sim was the man when it came to goal scoring until Steve Stamkos came along. Jon played four seasons with the Sting from 1994-95 to 1997-98. His first season consisted of just 25 games after starting the season in the QMJHL with the Laval Titan.
Sim started the 2011-12 season with HC Pardubice of the Czech Republic’s Extraliga. He played 20 games with the club before being loaned to CH Slavia Prague and has now played four games for that club. This is Jon’s first full season in Europe after ending up in Switzerland at the end of the 2010-11 season and playing seven games for Gotteron, plus three in the National League A playoffs.
Jon broke out offensively in his second season with Sarnia. His 56 goals were second in the Ontario Hockey League and his 101 points were good for seventh. The following season, 1996-97, he once again scored 56 goals, this time tying him for first in the OHL with Alyn McCauley of the Ottawa 67’s. His point total dropped to 95 but still tied him for ninth in the league with Matt Cooke of the Windsor Spitfires. In his final season in the OHL, his goal total dropped to 44. He was still in the top ten, tied for fifth with Scott Barney of the Peterborough Petes. His 94 points tied him for eighth in the league.
Sim was drafted after his first 56 goal outburst. The Dallas Stars picked Jon in the third round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 70th overall. He has played in 469 regular season NHL games with Dallas, the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers and New York Islanders. In 1998-99, despite only playing seven games for the Dallas Stars during the regular season, he played in four during the playoffs as the Stars captured the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps, Sim’s best season in pro hockey came in 2004-05. He played ten games with the AHL’s Utah Grizzlies then finished off the season with 63 games for the Philadelphia Phantoms. His combined 37 goals placed him tied for sixth in the American Hockey League. He played 21 playoff games for the Phantoms, contributing 17 points as the team marched on to win the Calder Cup.