St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Scott Simpson has lived his life according to one principle, "always put the needs of others ahead of your own."  This is what has served as Scott's compass, knowing that his success was always tied directly to that of his teammates. Scott picked up the game of hockey at the age of nine, and through his early playing days at Affton, possessing a unique mix of size, skill, and athleticism, Scott became one of the early examples of the power forward in St. Louis hockey.       

Scott went from many successful Affton teams to Vianney High School.  As a freshman, Scott soon exhibited his skills, scoring three goals in a semifinal victory over defending state champ Desmet. He would score once and assist on two others in the State Championship game as the Golden Griffins went on to win their first state title with an undefeated 24-0-2 record. 

While the multi-sport athlete competed in four sports (hockey, baseball, football, and soccer) during his four years at Vianney, the future St Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Famer left his mark, skating in three State Championship games in four years. 

Scott became Vianney's all-time leading scorer, and at the time of his graduation in 1982, was the Mid-States high school hockey's all-time leading scorer with 127 goals, 144 assists for 271 total points, averaging 3 points per game.  He led the league in scoring both his junior and senior year. To this day, Scott is still a top-three all-time leading point-getter in league history since its inception in 1972. He led Vianney in scoring during the playoffs all four years at varsity, never missed a game and was a team captain his senior year.  He was a member of the Affton Americans Junior B team under Coach Matt Buha (HOF 2015) and played in the National Junior B Tournament his final year of playing in St Louis. 

Simpson then moved on to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to play for future College Hall of Fame coach George Gwozdeckey.  At UW-River Falls, Scott was a member of a National Championship team, winning the title his freshman season.  Halfway through his freshman campaign, Simpson was the Falcon's leading scorer.  Scott was a four year varsity starter, selected to 1st team all-conference his junior and senior seasons. He was MVP and leading scorer his senior year, and was the UW-River Falls sixth all-time leading scorer at the time of his graduation in 1987. Scott never missed a game in four years of college hockey and the St Louis native finished with 114 points during his college career, averaging a point per game.

Scott, along with his 1983 National Championship teammates at UW-River Falls, was all inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.  One of his proudest accomplishments was that every team for which Scott was a part of, they had a winning record.  To this day, some of his fondest memories are of the early days at Affton ice rink where it all began.