Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Kostopoulos
Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 01/24/1979
BIRTHPLACE: Mississauga, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: PIT: 1999-204 overall
Signed as a free agent by Manchester (AHL), July 12, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 1, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 4, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 14, 2009. Traded to Calgary by Carolina with Anton Babchuk for Ian White and Brett Sutter, November 17, 2010. Signed as a free Agent by Wilkes-Barre (AHL), January 23, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, March 5, 2013. Claimed on waivers by New Jersey from Pittsburgh, March 6, 2013.
Draft: Pittsburgh 1999 (9-204-7)
First NHL Game: 12/29/01; 5-2 Pittsburgh loss vs. Ottawa
First NHL Point: 12/29/01; 5-2 Pittsburgh loss vs. Ottawa
First NHL Goal: 12/29/01; 5-2 Pittsburgh loss vs. Ottawa
Most Goals, Game: 2 (12/26/03; 3-3 Pittsburgh tie at Ottawa)
Most Assists, Game: 2-4x (Last: 3/19/09; 5-4 Montreal loss at Ottawa)
Most Points, Game: 2-11x (Last: 3/19/09; 5-4 Montreal loss at Ottawa)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 22 (11/17/07; 7-4 Montreal win vs. Boston)
Shootout Stats: 1 attempt, 0 goals (0%)

Tom and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Lily (3) and a son, Luc (1)... They spend their summers in Oakville, Ont., and have a dog named Charlie... Tom is involved with Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids, as well as the Canadian Cancer Society... His first youth team was the Mississauga Terriers and his brother Chris was the biggest influence on his career... Chris now coaches the Alliance Bulldogs, a youth hockey team in Ft. Worth, TX... His favorite team growing up was Toronto and the player he emulated as a kid was Wendel Clark... Tom’s first job was driving a delivery truck and his favorite vacation spot is Muskoka, Ont... The most-played artist on his iPod is Tom Petty... His favorite movie is Rocky IV and favorite television show is The Office... Tom also played soccer growing up, and enjoys golf now... The person in history he would most like to meet is Jesus Christ, and the current celebrity he would most like to meet is baseball player John McDonald... Tom enjoys watching baseball and football... He wears number 29 because it was the number his brother wore... If he wasn’t playing professional hockey he would be a gym teacher... His most common game-day habit is eating chicken and rice... His favorite thing about playing in the NHL is competing at the highest level of hockey... Tom’s most prized possessions are his kids... His favorite former teammate is Mike Weaver... His favorite road arena is the Pengrowth Saddledome, favorite road city is Vancouver and favorite team to play against is Toronto.

2009-10 SEASON
Completed his eighth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes... Was the only player to play in all 82 of the Hurricanes’ games this season... Was first on the team in penalty minutes (106) and hits (160) and first among Carolina forwards in blocked shots (50)... Was part of the scoring play on three of Carolina’s seven shorthanded goals (2g, 1a)... Netted his eighth goal of the season vs. OTT (3/4)... Scored the game-tying goal at 8:23 of the third period at BUF (2/5)... Earned two assists vs. CHI (1/30)... Earned his second multi-assist game of the season with a pair of helpers and was (+2) at NYR (1/27)... Netted his fifth goal of the season and registered five hits vs. OTT (1/10)... Notched his second shorthanded goal of the season at NSH (1/7)... Had his first multi-point game with Carolina when he earned two assists at WSH (12/11)... Registered a season-high seven hits in 15:27 of ice time vs. VAN (12/5)... Scored his first goal with the Hurricanes - a shorthanded, unassisted tally - vs. FLA (10/9)... Racked up 14 penalty minutes at BOS (10/3)... Made his Hurricanes debut on opening night, vs. PHI (10/2)... Longest goal streak: 2 games (1/2-1/7: 2g, 0a)... Longest assist streak: 2 games (3/7- 3/10: 0g, 2a; 4/6-4/8: 0g, 2a)... Longest point streak: 2 games (11/25-11/27: 1g, 1a; 1/2-1/7: 2g, 0a; 3/7-3/10: 0g, 2a; 4/6-4/8: 0g, 2a)... Multi-assist games: 3 (last: 1/30 vs. CHI: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 3 (last: 1/30 vs. CHI: 0g, 2a).

Enters his ninth NHL season and second with Carolina... Signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 14, 2009.

1996-97: Played his first season of junior hockey for London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling 13 goals and 12 assists (25 points) and 67 penalty minutes in 64 games played.

1997-98: Tallied 50 points (24g, 26a) in 66 games to help London capture the West Division crown... Ranked third among Knights skaters in goals (6) and fourth in points (10) during the OHL playoffs.

1998-99: Led London with 60 assists and ranked second on the team with 87 points, skating in 66 OHL games... Ranked first among Knights skaters in goals (19) and points (35) during the playoffs, leading London to the OHL Finals before falling to Belleville in seven games.

1999-00: Completed his first professional season, spending the entire year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton... Ranked second on the team in goals (26), assists (32) and points (58)... Had a four-assist game vs. Hershey (3/3).

2000-01: Ranked third among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton skaters in points (52)... Was sixth on the team in goals (16) and tied for third on the team in assists (36)... Ranked second among Baby Pens with a (+6) rating... Had 12 points (3g, 9a) in 24 playoff games as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton advanced to the Calder Cup Finals before falling to Saint John in six games.

2001-02: Split the season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh, skating in 11 NHL games with the Penguins... Made his NHL debut vs. OTT (12/29), scoring his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot vs. Patrick Lalime... Earned his first NHL assist at NYI (1/3)... Led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in goals (27), points (53) and power-play goals (10), appearing in 70 games... Was tied for first among Baby Pens with three game-winning goals and ranked second on the team with 26 assists... Represented Canada at the 2002 AHL All-Star Classic... Completed the season as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's all-time leader in games played (226), goals (69), assists (94) and points (163).

2002-03: Played in eight NHL games after being recalled to Pittsburgh on 1/9, earning one assist... Returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 1/26, and finished the season ranked second among Baby Pens skaters in scoring (63 points)... Led the team in assists (42) and ranked second in goals (21) and penalty minutes (131)... Had nine power-play goals and three game-winning goals... Registered his first professional hat trick vs. Binghamton (2/26)... Was named the sixth captain in Baby Pens history on 3/14... Had 18 multi-point efforts on the AHL level.

2003-04: Appeared in 60 games with Pittsburgh, finishing the season with career-highs in points (22) and goals (9)... Began the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being recalled on 11/14... Played nine NHL games before being reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton... Recalled again on 12/17 and remained with the big club for the rest of the regular season... Averaged 14:25 of ice time per game for Pittsburgh... Ranked fifth among Penguins with 67 penalty minutes... Two of his nine goals came on the power play and one was shorthanded... Had a career-high, four-game point streak from 12/29-1/3 (1g, 3a)... Re-joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the Calder Cup Playoffs and led the team in postseason scoring with 23 points (7g, 16a) in 24 games as the Baby Pens advanced to the Calder Cup Finals before falling to Milwaukee.

2004-05: Completed his first season in the Kings organization, spending the year with Manchester (AHL)... Was third among Monarchs skaters in scoring (71 points) in 64 games... Finished second to Michael Cammalleri (63) on the team in assists (46)... Led all Manchester forwards with a (+30) rating, and led the team with eight game-winning goals... Converted one of three shootout attempts.

2005-06: Appeared in 76 games for Los Angeles, matching his career high with 22 points... Ranked third among Kings in penalty minutes (100)... Ranked third among Kings skaters with 92 hits, behind Dustin Brown (175) and current Hurricanes teammate Tim Gleason (141)... Played his 100th NHL game vs. COL (11/19)... Registered a "Gordie Howe hat trick" vs. CHI (2/11) with a goal, an assist and a fighting major.

2006-07: Established a career high with 15 assists and matched his career high in points with 22... Was second among Kings with 119 hits... Voted by his teammates as the winner of the Ace Bailey Memorial Award, given to the team's most inspirational player... Also voted by his teammates as the winner of the team's Unsung Hero Award.

2007-08: Completed his first season with the Canadiens... Led Montreal in shorthanded goals (3) and penalty minutes (113)... Scored his first goal for the Canadiens with a shorthanded tally vs. PHI (11/1)... Earned his second career "Gordie Howe hat trick" (goal, assist, fighting major) vs. BOS (1/22)... Delivered a team-high 32 hits in March.

2008-09: Completed his seventh NHL season and second with Montreal, matching his career high for points with 22 (8g, 14a) and establishing a new career high in games played (78)... Ranked second among Canadiens skaters in penalty minutes (106) and hits (167)... Skated in all four postseason contests for the Canadiens, as Montreal was eliminated in four games by Boston... Earned one assist and totaled four penalty minutes.