Chris Kontos

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Chris Kontos
Born (1963-12-10) December 10, 1963 (age 55)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 15th overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Playing career 1982–1998

Christopher T. "Chris" Kontos (born December 10, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Kontos is best known for his nine goals in 11 playoff games while he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings and his franchise opening night four-goal performance (with the Tampa Bay Lightning) against that season's Vezina Trophy winner Ed Belfour.

Career[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Kontos played junior hockey for the Sudbury Wolves and Toronto Marlboros. During the 1981–82 OHL season he scored 42 goals, and after the season was drafted with the 15th selection in the first round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He split his time in both the NHL and minor leagues in his first two seasons.

He was member of the Tulsa Oilers (CHL) team that suspended operations on February 16, 1984, playing only road games for final six weeks of 1983-84 season. Despite this adversity, the team went on to win the league's championship.[1] Kontos spent the first half of 1985–86 playing in Finland before returning to finish the year in the AHL. On January 21, 1987, Kontos was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Ron Duguay, finishing his tenure with the Rangers with 38 points in 78 games. He would score 25 points in 67 games with the Penguins over two seasons before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings on February 5, 1988.

He played only six regular season games for the Kings in 87–88 tallying 12 points (another career highlight was a 6-point game against Chicago where Kontos had 1 goal and 5 assists), and scored a goal in his first NHL playoffs. The following year, after returning from playing in Switzerland he scored three points in seven games, and his 9 playoff goals would help the Kings advance to the second round. He played only 11 games (6 regular season, 5 playoff) with Los Angeles after the 1988–89 playoff run, and decided to join the Canadian National Team in 1991–92.

When the Tampa Bay Lightning started play in 1992–93, Kontos signed on as a free agent. His surprising 4 goal-performance led the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7–3 shocker of the Chicago Blackhawks on October 7, 1992, and remains the team record for goals scored in a single game. He scored 27 goals in 66 games, second on the team only to Brian Bradley. He would return to the National Team in 93–94, and helped Canada win a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. Kontos would never return to the NHL, and continued to play in Sweden, the IHL and Germany before retiring in 1998.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Sudbury Wolves OHL 56 17 27 44 36
1981–82 Sudbury Wolves OHL 12 6 6 12 18
1981–82 Toronto Marlboros OHL 59 36 56 92 68 10 7 9 16 2
1982–83 Toronto Marlboros OHL 28 21 33 54 23
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 44 8 7 15 33
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 1 1 8
1983–84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 21 5 13 18 8
1984–85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 48 19 24 43 30
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 28 4 8 12 24
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 21 8 15 23 12 5 4 2 6 4
1985–86 Ilves Liiga 36 16 15 31 30
1986–87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 36 14 17 31 29
1986–87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 8 9 17 6
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 1 7 8 12
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 10 3 6 9 8
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 2 10 12 2 4 1 0 1 4
1987–88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 16 8 16 24 4
1988–89 EHC Kloten NDA 36 32 24 56 30 6 5 4 9 2
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 2 1 3 2 11 9 0 9 8
1989–90 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 42 10 20 30 25
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 2 2 4 4 5 1 0 1 0
1990–91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 69 26 36 62 19 11 9 12 21 0
1991–92 Courmaosta HC ITA II 7 10 8 18 4
1991–92 Canada Intl 26 10 10 20 4
1992–93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 27 24 51 12
1993–94 Canada Intl 43 19 17 36 14
1994–95 Skellefteå AIK SWE II 31 19 24 43 28 5 2 3 5 4
1995–96 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 81 26 44 70 13 17 5 8 13 0
1996–97 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 11 1 3 4 4
1996–97 Québec Rafales IHL 19 8 3 11 0
1996–97 Manitoba Moose IHL 40 17 18 35 12
1997–98 Revierlöwen Oberhausen DEL 27 11 4 15 14
NHL totals 230 54 69 123 103 20 11 0 11 12
AHL totals 163 59 92 151 100 5 4 2 6 4
IHL totals 230 54 69 123 103 20 11 0 11 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada OG 8 3 1 4 2

Awards[edit]

He won the 1983-84 CHL Championship (Adams Cup) as a member of the Tulsa Oilers [2] team coached by Tom Webster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2010-04-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-07-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Preceded by
James Patrick
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Dave Gagner