Simon Gamache was a key member of some of the most successful teams in Admirals history, helping the organization to a pair of 100-point seasons, a Calder Cup victory, and a return trip to the finals in 2006. During the AHL history of the team he ranks fourth all-time in goals and assists, as well as fifth in points.
Gamache, a native of Quebec, was an offensive force in his time in Milwaukee. He brought a high level of creativity and had an uncanny nose for the net. Coupled with fellow winger Darren Haydar, the duo provided a difficult match-up for Western Conference opponents.
“Simon is a feisty character. He was a lot of fun to play with because you knew each and every night he wanted to score and wanted to win,” said Haydar. “He made me give the best that I could each and every night and I really enjoyed my time playing with him.”
Traded to Nashville from Atlanta mid-way through the 2003-04 season, Gamache played in 52 games while scoring 45 points (18 goals and 27 assists) for Milwaukee and played seven games with the Ads parent club in Nashville. He was a key cog in the Admirals machine as they marched to the Calder Cup Championship that season, the first pro championship in franchise history. He finished the playoffs second on the team with 24 points, scoring six goals and leading the club with 18 assists.
His performance continually improved while in Milwaukee. As great as his debut 2003-04 campaign was his follow up season with the Ads was even better. During the NHL lock-out year 2004-05 season, he suited up for 80 games and scored 86 points (29 goals 57 assists), which was fifth in the league and he was selected to the AHL All-Star team.
Despite playing half the regular season games in 2005-06 because of recall to the NHL, Gamache once again elevated his role during the post-season. He produced 28 points (12 goals and 16 assists) in 21 playoff games, which was again second on the club.
While he played in just three playoffs for Milwaukee, Gamache ranks second in team history in post-season scoring, averaging well over a point per game with 62 points (24g-38a) in just 50 games.
After his time with the Admirals, Gamache went to the Toronto Maple Leafs before plying his trade in Switzerland with Bern and Fribourg-Gotteron
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