Nick Kypreos

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Nick Kypreos
Nick Kypreos.jpg
Kypreos at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Born (1966-06-04) June 4, 1966 (age 48)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Hershey Bears
Baltimore Skipjacks
St. John's Maple Leafs
NHL
Washington Capitals
Hartford Whalers
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1986–1997

Nikos Kypreos (born June 4, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger of Greek descent. He played eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Sportsnet cable television network in Canada.

Playing career[edit]

Though a very effective goal scorer in juniors with the North Bay Centennials of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), with whom he once scored 62 goals, Kypreos struggled to score and immediately became known as an enforcer at the NHL level, a role he maintained throughout his pro career. He was never drafted by an NHL team, but was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on the eve of his second junior season. However, his NHL career began with the Washington Capitals. His best NHL season came in 1992–93 while a member of the Hartford Whalers, when he scored a career-best 17 goals while earning 325 penalty minutes, which was the fourth-highest penalty minute total in the league that season.

In 1994, Kypreos was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. He made his final NHL stop with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. As a Maple Leaf, his career ended as the result of a concussion sustained in a fight with the Rangers' Ryan VandenBussche in a pre-season game on September 15, 1997 when his face hit the ice after he was punched unconscious. After the injury, Kypreos suffered post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire. He would finish his NHL career with 46 goals, 44 assists, 90 points, and 1,210 penalty minutes in 442 regular season games.[1]

Television career[edit]

Since retiring as a player, Kypreos has gone on as a hockey analyst for the Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. He also co-hosts Hockey Central at Noon on The Fan 590 in Toronto and simulcast on Sportsnet. The show was co-hosted by Daren Millard and Bill Berg until the fall of 2008, when Berg left and was replaced by Mike Brophy. Starting in the fall of 2009, former NHL coach and executive Doug MacLean was also added to the program as an analyst.

Kypreos has also appeared on Sportsnet's main rival, TSN, for some extra analysis work, notably when Hockey Canada announced the Canadian national team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Kypreos has also acted, appearing as a pro hockey player in a 1996 episode of the HBO program Arli$$ entitled What About the Fans?.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Kitchener Rangers OHL 4 2 0 2 0
1983–84 North Bay Centennials OHL 47 10 11 21 36 4 3 2 5 9
1984–85 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 41 36 77 71 8 2 2 4 15
1985–86 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 62 35 97 112
1986–87 Hershey Bears AHL 10 0 1 1 4
1986–87 North Bay Centennials OHL 46 49 41 90 54 24 11 5 16 78
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 71 24 20 44 101 12 0 2 2 17
1988–89 Hershey Bears AHL 28 12 15 27 19 12 4 5 9 11
1989–90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 14 6 5 11 6 7 4 1 5 17
1989–90 Washington Capitals NHL 31 5 4 9 82 7 1 0 1 15
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 79 9 9 18 196 9 0 1 1 38
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 65 4 6 10 206
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 75 17 10 27 325
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 10 0 0 0 37
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 46 3 5 8 102 3 0 0 0 2
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 3 4 93 10 0 2 2 6
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 42 3 4 7 77
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 1 1 2 30 5 0 0 0 4
1996–97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 4 0 0 0 4
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 3 2 5 62
NHL totals 442 46 44 90 1210 34 1 3 4 65


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey Violence Debate". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Arli$$: What About the Fans?". film.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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