Christine Laura Simpson (born October 5, 1964) is a Canadian television personality, best known as a hockey reporter, host and interviewer. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Career[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Simpson was the Marketing Manager at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario for several years and the first in-arena host for the Toronto Maple Leafs, before making the move to broadcasting. Her first network television job was with Rogers Sportsnet (previously known as CTV Sportsnet) when the Canadian sports channel launched in 1998. She spent 10 years with the network as a hockey features reporter, profiling the NHL’s top players and personalities, and as the host of “Showtime with Chris Simpson” segments which featured entertainment & sports stories.

Broadcasting career[edit | edit source]

April 16, 2007: Model Christie Brinkley (left) speaks to Christine Simpson (right) during Game 3 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders.

She has also been a rinkside reporter for National Hockey League broadcasts in the United States with ABC, ESPN and Versus (previously known as OLN).[1] She was the host of “Captains,” a weekly show profiling NHL team captains on the NHL Network in the United States and Canada. Simpson has also been a “Hockey Insider” with the Bill Watters Show on AM640 Radio in Toronto, Ontario. During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she was the host of “Centre Ice with Chris Simpson” at Molson Canadian Hockey House. On October 19, 2010, it was announced that Simpson joined regional sports network MSG Plus as a host for the New Jersey Devils broadcast team.[2]

Personal[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Simpson made her feature-film début in Saw 3D. She played talk-show host Donna Evans. Simpson is the younger sister of former CHL Player-of-the-Year and New York Islanders' draft pick Dave Simpson and the older sister of two-time Stanley Cup champion, and former Edmonton Oilers' forward, Craig Simpson, who is currently an analyst with Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.[3] She is the daughter of former Canadian Olympic athlete Marion Simpson. Simpson's nephew, Dillon Simpson, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Outdoor Life Network to become vs.", USA, 2006-04-24. Retrieved on 2010-06-02. 
  2. MSG Plus Names Christine Simpson as a New Jersey Devils Television Host. (2010-10-19). Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  3. Tricia Lafferty (2009-06-02). Stanley Cup a family affair for Simpsons. Pittsburgh Retrieved on 2010-06-02.
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