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Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) TK, Kosto, T-Dog
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
204 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born January 24 1979 (1979-01-24) (age 31),
Mississauga, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 204th overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2001 – present


Thomas Kostopoulos (born January 24, 1979 in Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes. Kostopoulos played the last two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League(NHL).

Kostopoulos was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh Round of the 1999 NHL 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. Kostopoulos made his NHL debut with the Penguins in the 2001-02 season and enjoyed his best season so far with Pittsburgh in 2003-04. During the 2005 off season, he played with the Manchester Monarchs, having signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings. On July 3rd 2007 he signed a free-agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

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

On February 11, 2008, Kostopoulos and teammate Ryan O'Byrne were arrested outside a Tampa, Florida nightclub following a purse-snatching incident. While O'Byrne was charged with theft, Kostopoulos was charged with resisting the officers. Both were released on bail shortly after. On February 22, Tampa police dropped the charges against Kostopoulos following a letter of apology written by him and that he also promised to perform community service.

Tom Kostopoulos being honored by the Hellenic Community of Montreal (HCM) as Grand-Marshall at the Montreal Annual Greek Parade on March 2008 on Jean-Talon street.

On November 10, 2008, Kostopoulos 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. He was given a boarding major penalty and ejected from the game. Kostopoulos will also forfeit $33,000 in pay. Kostopoulos 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 wasn't in a defenseless position, his injuries--including a concussion--were significant enough to warrant suspending Kostopoulos.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 London Knights OHL 64 13 12 25 67
1997–98 London Knights OHL 66 24 26 50 108 16 6 4 10 26
1998–99 London Knights OHL 66 27 60 87 114 25 19 16 35 32
1999–00 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 76 26 32 58 121
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 16 36 52 120 21 3 9 12 6
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 2 3 9
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Sranton Penguins AHL 70 27 26 53 112
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 21 42 63 131 6 1 2 3 7
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 21 7 13 20 43 24 7 16 23 3
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 9 13 22 67
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 64 25 46 71 99 6 0 7 7 10
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 8 14 22 100
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 7 15 22 73
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 7 6 13 113 12 3 1 4 6
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 8 14 22 106 4 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 376 40 65 105 468 16 3 2 5 10

External links

  • Tom Kostopoulos's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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