Lake Erie Monsters mourn the loss of Assistant Equipment Manager Phil Simon

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CLEVELAND – The Lake Erie Monsters are mourning the loss of their Assistant Equipment Manager Phil Simon.

Simon, 83, lost his 6-year battle with Leukemia on Thursday.

Simon has been a part of hockey in Cleveland since the 1940s. He started out working as a stick boy with the AHL Cleveland Barons and eventually became a locker room attendant, equipment assistant, goal judge and then the Assistant Equipment Manager for several Cleveland teams, including the IHL’s Cleveland Lumberjacks and the Monsters.

Simon is survived by his wife of 59 years, his four children and four grandchildren.

The Lake Erie Monsters can win the Calder Cup Finals with a victory on Saturday night.

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