Derek King – Associate Coach
Derek King enters his first season as an associate coach with the Toronto Marlies. King spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach with the Marlies.
The Hamilton native returned to the organization after playing 161 games for the Maple Leafs from 1997 to 2000 during which he scored 45 goals and 53 assists for 98 points. He played 14 seasons (1986 – 2000) in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. In 830 games, he compiled 612 points on 261 goals and 351 assists, while adding 417 penalty minutes. King notched three 30-goal seasons, including one 40-goal season during his NHL career. He was also a player-assistant coach with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for two seasons from 2002-03 to 2003-04. He was selected 13th overall in the 1985 Entry Draft by the Islanders.
Ben Simon - Assistant Coach
Ben Simon enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies.
Simon, 36, served as head coach of the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones last season. Under his direction, Cincinnati finished the regular season fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 41-23-4-4 for 90 points. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native led the Cyclones to the Kelly Cup Final where they were defeated by the Alaska Aces in six games.
Prior to joining Cincinnati at the start of the 2013-14 season, Simon served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. As a rookie head coach in 2010-11, Simon led the Sheffield Steelers to the Elite Ice Hockey League Championship in England.
During his playing career, Simon skated in 81 NHL games registering 4 points and 47 penalty minutes with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets. Simon was originally drafted in the fifth round, 110th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 Entry Draft. Simon also appeared in 44 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies in 2009-10, collecting 8 points and 51 penalty minutes. In 481 career AHL games, Simon collected 188 points (78 goals, 110 assists) and 535 penalty minutes. Simon won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves during the 2001-02 season.