Andreas Athanasiou

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Andreas Athanasiou
Born (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 21)
London, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
NHL Draft 110th overall, 2012
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2014–present

Andreas Athanasiou (born August 6, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Athanasiou was drafted 110th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

During the 2009–10 season, Athanasiou scored at a better than a point-per-game pace playing for the Toronto Titans Midget AAA team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. Athanasiou recorded 24 goals and 34 assists in 56 games. Athanasiou was drafted by London 81st overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

During the 2010–11 season, Athanasiou skated in 57 games as an OHL rookie with the London Knights. Athanasiou recorded 11 goals and 11 assists. The Knights reached the OHL playoffs despite finishing last in the Midwest Division. In six playoff games Athanasiou was minus-one with no points or penalties.

During the 2011–12 season, Athanasiou was one of five players to score 20 or more goals on a London Knights team that finished with the OHL's best record. Athanasiou recorded 22 goals and 15 assists in 63 games. Athanasiou skated in nine of the Knights' first 17 playoff games as London reached the conference finals and recorded one goal and 3 assists. Athanasiou was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 41st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

During the 2012–13 season, Athanasiou skated for the Barrie Colts in his third OHL season after being obtained by the Colts in an August 2012 trade with London. Athanasiou was the fourth-leading scorer for the Colts, finishing third on the team with 29 goals and recording 38 assists in 66 games. Barrie reached the OHL championship against Athanasiou's former team. In 22 playoff games Athanasiou recorded 12 goals and 13 assists. Athanasiou joined the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins during the Calder Cup playoffs but did not appear in any games.

During the 2013–14 season, Athanasiou led Barrie in scoring, and ranked fifth in the league in scoring during his final OHL season, recording 49 goals and 46 assists in 66 games.

Professional[edit]

On November 20, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings signed Athanasiou to a three-year, entry-level contract.[1]

On April 15, 2014, Athanasiou was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and made his AHL debut on April 18, in a game against the Lake Erie Monsters.[2]

During the 2014–15 season, in his first full professional season, he posted the best point-per-game average, 0.58, among Griffins rookies, recording 16 goals and 16 assists in a campaign that was limited to 55 games played due to a broken jaw. He finished fifth on Grand Rapids in postseason scoring, recording five goals and four assists in 16 postseason games.

Athanasiou made his NHL debut for the Red Wings on November 8, 2015 in a game against the Dallas Stars.[3] On November 10, in his second NHL game, Athanasiou scored his first career NHL goal against Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.[4] On February 5, 2016, Athanasiou was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, he recorded eight goals and eight assists in 26 games for the Griffins.[5]

On April 30, 2016, Athanasiou was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. During the 2015–16 season, Athanasiou recorded nine goals and five assists in 37 games for the Red Wings, while averaging 9:01 of ice time.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2011 Slovakia
Representing  Ontario
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2011 Manitoba

Athanasiou was part of the gold medal-winning Ontario team at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Athanasiou was one of five players for Ontario who had five or more points in the five-game WHC, finishing with two goals and three assists.

Personal life[edit]

Athanasiou is a last name originating on the Greek island of Samos.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Toronto Titans GTHL 56 24 34 58 32
2010–11 London Knights OHL 57 11 11 22 21 6 0 0 0 0
2011–12 London Knights OHL 63 22 15 37 22 11 1 4 5 0
2012–13 Barrie Colts OHL 66 29 38 67 30 22 12 13 25 11
2013–14 Barrie Colts OHL 66 49 46 95 52
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 1 2 3 0 6 0 1 1 6
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 55 16 16 32 25 16 5 4 9 6
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 26 8 8 16 9 6 2 3 5 2
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 9 5 14 5 5 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 37 9 5 14 5 5 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Ontario U17 1st 5 2 3 5 2
2011 Canada IH18 1st 5 3 1 4 0
Junior totals 10 5 4 9 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Tournament All-Star Team 2011 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (November 20, 2013). "Wings sign Athanasiou to entry-level deal". NHL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Athanasiou, Backman and Janmark to Grand Rapids". griffins.com. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (November 8, 2015). "Wings call up Griffins' Athanasiou". NHL.com. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Savage, Brendan (November 10, 2015). "Andreas Athanasiou scores first NHL goal, Petr Mrazek records sixth career shutout in Red Wings' 1-0 win". MLive.com. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (February 5, 2016). "Athanasiou recalled from Grand Rapids". NHL.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Back From Detroit". Grand Rapids Griffins. April 30, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Andreas Athanasiou prospect profile". hockeysfuture.com. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Semifinals Set At 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge; Tournament All-Star Team Announced – Hockey Canada

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