Chicago Blackhawks: Andrew Allen

Simpson advised 'to stay in the moment'

December, 9, 2013
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Kent SimpsonClaus Andersen/Getty ImagesKent Simpson was Antti Raanta's backup in the AHL and is now his likely backup with the Hawks.
Chicago Blackhawks development goaltending coach Andrew Allen’s advice to Kent Simpson was simple and straightforward Monday after Simpson was recalled to the NHL for the first time in his career.

Allen’s message was aimed for the mental side rather than the physical one of what Simpson was about to encounter as he departed the Rockford IceHogs to join the Blackhawks.

“It’s really important for him to stay in the moment,” Allen said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “Don’t think about who’s shooting at him, what could happen. Just feel good on the ice on your feet and feel the edges. I gave Antti [Raanta] the same advice when he went up. Don’t let your mind get ahead of everything.”

Allen understands that’s easier said than done. The 21-year-old Simpson has gone in the last month and a half from being Raanta’s backup in the AHL, to being the IceHogs’ starter when Raanta was recalled to the Blackhawks to now likely being Raanta’s backup in the NHL.

Blackhawks No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford suffered a lower-body injury Sunday and will not travel with the team for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars.

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