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Tom Kostopoulos
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Born January 24, 1979 (1979-01-24) (age 40)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
AHL team
Former teams
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
Montreal Canadiens
Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 204th overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2001–present

Tom Kostopoulos (born Thomas George Kostopoulos on January 24, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

In his early years, Tom graduated from Fairwind Senior Public School in 1993.

After playing much of his minor hockey in the GTHL with the Toronto Marlboros and Mississauga Reps, he played a year with the Brampton Capitals of the OJHL (OHA).

Tom was a 2nd round pick (18th overall) in the 1996 OHL Priority Selection by the London Knights.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Before that, he played junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

He made his professional minor-league hockey debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Tom made his NHL debut with the Penguins in the 2001-02 season and enjoyed his best season so far with Pittsburgh in 2003-04.

On July 12, 2004, he was signed as a free agent by the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL.

On August 1, 2005, Tom was signed as a free agent the by Los Angeles Kings.

On July 3, 2007, Tom signed a free-agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

On January 22, 2008, he recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in an 8-2 victory against the Boston Bruins. His fight victim was Shane Hnidy.

On November 10, 2008, Tom was suspended for three games for a hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn during the game between the teams on November 8, 2008.

He was given a boarding major penalty and ejected from the game. Kostopoulos will also forfeit US-$ 33,000 in pay.

Tom responded about the incident by saying:

"First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn...this is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn't anticipate him turning and couldn't stop. I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible."

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said in announcing the suspension that while Van Ryn was not in a defenseless position, his injuries—including a concussion—were significant enough to warrant suspending Tom.

On July 14, 2009, Tom was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes. While with the team, he played in 17 games, scored one goal and had three assists.

On November 17, 2010, he was traded to the Calgary Flames along with Anton Babchuk in exchange for Brett Sutter & Ian White.

Tom was again suspended for a January 7, 2011 hit which broke the jaw of Brad Stuart.

He was assessed a minor roughing penalty during the game, but then served a six game suspension for making primary contact with the head.

On January 23, 2013, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL announced Tom had signed with the team on a Professional Try Out (PTO).

On March 5, 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed him to a one-year two-way contract, but he was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils the following day.

On September 3, 2013, Tom signed a one-year AHL contract to play with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97London KnightsOHL6413122567
1997–98London KnightsOHL6624265010816641026
1998–99London KnightsOHL662760871142519163532
1999–00Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL76263258121
2000–01Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL801636521202139126
2001–02Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL111239
2001–02Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL70272653112
2002–03Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL7121426313161237
2002–03Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80110
2003-04Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL21713204324716233
2003–04Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL609132267
2004–05Manchester MonarchsAHL6425467199607710
2005–06Los Angeles KingsNHL7681422100
2006–07Los Angeles KingsNHL767152273
2007–08Montreal CanadiensNHL677613113123146
2008–09Montreal CanadiensNHL788142210640114
2009–10Carolina HurricanesNHL8281321106
2010–11Carolina HurricanesNHL1713430
2010–11Calgary FlamesNHL59771444
2011–12Calgary FlamesNHL81481257
2012–13Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL1734743
2012–13New Jersey DevilsNHL1510118
2013–14Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL712225477217461020
NHL totals 630 61 96 157 723 16 3 2 5 10

Personal LifeEdit

Tom is the son of Cheryl Kostopoulous (who is of English heritage) and George Kostopoulous (who is of Greek heritage).

He has a brother named Chris, who is a coach in Texas & is Tom's biggest influence in hockey and a half-sister named Laurie Bodley.

In 2008, he was the grand marshal of the Hellenic Community of Montreal's Greek Independence Day parade.

Tom is involved with the Canadian Cancer Society as well as Garth Brooks' Teammates For Kids Foundation.

He is known as the team joker in the dressing room. He once sewed someone's keys inside their pocket.

The joker stories from the team are not limited to this and in fact, there are numerous other stories that have surfaced around the team.

Tom's nickname during his tenure for the London Knights was "Tommy Non-stopoulos" due to his extraordinary on-ice work ethic.

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