December 10, 1963|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Los Angeles Kings
Tampa Bay Lightning
15th overall, 1982|
New York Rangers
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.
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. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||44||8||7||15||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||New York Rangers||NHL||6||0||1||1||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|
|1986–87||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||36||14||17||31||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||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|
|1991–92||Courmaosta HC||ITA II||7||10||8||18||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||66||27||24||51||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Skellefteå AIK||SWE II||31||19||24||43||28||5||2||3||5||4|
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| New York Rangers first round draft pick