Gary Simmons (born July 19, 1944 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a former ice hockey goaltender. He played parts of 4 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the California Seals, Cleveland Barons, and Los Angeles Kings.
Simmons was a large (6'3" 200 pounds) rangy goaltender who had a penchant of roaming far from his goal crease to play the puck or cut off shooting angles. This would often result in either spectacular saves or embarrassing goals allowed into an open net. Simmons' nickname was "the Cobra," and he was known for his distinct black goalie mask that featured a design of a large cobra in raised strike position bearing its fangs.
By Dean Hanley
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