Nikos Tselios
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Born January 20, 1979 (1979-01-20) (age 43)
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1997
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 1996–2007

Nikos Tselios (born on January 20, 1979) is a former American professional ice hockey defenseman.

He was the first draft pick in the Carolina Hurricanes history when he was selected 22nd overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career

Nikos made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2001–02 season, playing two games. Those would be the only NHL games he would play as he spent the next four seasons playing in the minor leagues.

In October of 2005, Nikos signed with KalPa of the Finnish SM-liiga and played with them until January 31, 2006, when he moved to Swedish Färjestads BK.

He scored his first goal at Färjestad on March 25th in the semifinal of the Swedish Championship against HV 71.

Then, Nikos played in the United Hockey League with the Chicago Hounds before returning to Sweden, signing with HK Örebro in the Swedish First Division, the country's third-tier level.

Personal Life

Nikos is a cousin of long-time NHL defenseman Chris Chelios. Nikos also tried for the ELLAS Greece National Team in the 2006.

Nikos' early childhood summers were spent in Greece on the island of Evia. Nikos and cousin Chris, spent summers playing ball hockey in their parents village of Farakla. They joke about this at family gatherings today in Chicago as their cousins in Evia, Greece, continue to play ball hockey in a country where soccer reigns.

Their uncle George Spartalis (Chris Chelios mother's brother) who lives on the Island, runs a small inter ball hockey league today where four teams compete. Trifonia Spartalis, Evia's mayor, finds the spirit of the game to be more exciting than the local soccer clubs which gather more attendance.

Nikos now owns and operates an instructional hockey business entitled Ultimate Hockey Camps and resides in Winfield, Illinois with his personal assistant, Joe Renzi and his chauffeur, Jesse Ratzloff.

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