Simpson joins UNB Reds


A former Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst forward has committed to play for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds of the CIS, the team announced Monday.

Mark Simpson, 21, is one of three QMJHL players recruited by the Varsity Reds on Monday.

In a team press release, Simpson said he couldn’t be more excited about joining a team and school he’s always wanted to play for.

“I’m honoured to be able to join such a prominent and successful program. It’s a cool feeling to be coming back now, as a player at UNB.”

The six-foot-five, 187-pound forward scored 37 goals and 104 points for the Titan over the past two seasons and added an additional one goal and five points in five playoff games. Simpson was drafted by the Moncton Wildcats in the ninth round of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. He scored 45 goals and 124 points in 168 regular season games with the Wildcats and Titan.

In the same release, Varsity Reds Head Coach said Simpson has found a way to get better every year.

“Mark has some of the attributes that Taylor MacDougall brought here, the penalty kill and faceoffs, key parts of the way we want to play.”

It is also noted in the press release that Simpson will be studying computer science while attending UNB.