Dr. Michael Simurda

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Michael Andrew Simurda

Born: August 17, 1928 (Czechoslovakia)
Died: November 19, 2013 (Kingston, Ontario)

Dr. Michael Simurda, a noted professor and orthopaedic surgeon, was part of a 12-man group that brought junior-A hockey to Kingston, Ont. The group, headed by Jim Magee, purchased the Montreal Junior Canadiens franchise for $50,000 in 1973, moving the team to Ontario, where it was renamed the Kingston Canadians. 

Dr. Simurda later served as club president.

The doctor’s eldest son, Mike Simurda, played for the Canadians (on the right wing on a line with Ken Linesman and Mike Gillis, who is currently general manager of the Vancouver Canucks). He was drafted by the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1978 NHL amateur draft. He played in the minor pros for a few season, but did not play in the NHL. A younger son, Dave Simurda, also skated with the Canadians for three seasons. 

Dr. Simurda, who was born in Czechoslovakia, came to Canada in 1934 as a boy with his mother. They reunited with his father, who had come four years earlier. The family settled in Bradford, Ont., establishing a vegetable farm on reclaimed land at the nearby Holland Marsh. Their son graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1953. He had a long career teaching, performing surgery and doing clinical research.

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