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Mr. 999

..................................................................................................................................... On Wednesday, January 23, one of the most

phones back then. So I couldn’t reach them.

storied players in the history of the Wilkes-

I ended up watching those two games with

Barre/Scranton Penguins made his return

my parents and then started the season in

as Tom Kostopoulos signed a professional

St. John’s.

tryout agreement with the team. Already with 997 professional games under his belt, the fourteenth-year pro appeared in two games last weekend to bring his total to 999. With No.-1000 just over the horizon, we asked Tom about some his favorite memories from over

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the years. First Game It was in Newfoundland against the St. John’s, Maple Leafs. I had missed the first four games of the Penguins’ inaugural season. I didn’t sign until after the first two games and the next two were in Kentucky, but I didn’t have a working visa yet. My parents drove all

Favorite Moment(s) Anytime I’ve been in the playoffs. The two Calder Cup runs with the Penguins were pretty fun, even though we lost. In the NHL, I was able to make it to the playoffs the two years with Montreal. That was pretty exciting. Those were probably the most exciting times for me. First NHL Game It was against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh. I was excited. I was walking on clouds since the moment I was called

the way to Kentucky from Mississauga think-

up the day before. I didn’t really sleep that

ing I was playing, but there weren’t cell

night either. We lost the game, but I ended


up scoring on, I think, my second shift. It was

blood bath. I think both teams were good

pretty cool.

teams. So games were always important

Favorite WBS Goal

and big games. There was always some bad

My first goal in St. John’s. It is cool to get that first professional goal. Favorite NHL Goal When I was in Montreal, I scored an overtime goal in the playoffs against Philadelphia. It was a pretty ugly one, like most of my goals.

blood. We had guys like Dennis Bonvie, Darcy Verot and Steve Parsons. They had guys that weren’t going to back down. Every time we played them, it was entertaining for the fans. That’s for sure. Favorite Playoff Series

It was just good work by my linemates. The

One of the best ones was during our second

puck was thrown on net and I beat the Phila-

run to the Calder Cup Finals. We were down

delphia defenseman to the rebound. I got

3-1 to Bridgeport in the first round. We had a

two whacks at it and ended up putting by

lot of good guys and were supposed to make

the goalie. That’s something I’ll never forget.

a big push and all of a sudden we were down

Note: Kostopoulos scored 48 seconds into

in the series. Goaltender Andy Chiodo stood

overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead in

on his head to get us back in the series and

their second round series against the Flyers

we ended up winning in seven.

in 2008.

His Relationship with the Fans Favorite Arena (Besides Mohegan Sun Arena)

I have based my career on hard work. I’m not the most gifted player, but I tried to work

Montreal [Bell Centre]. I can’t describe it. The

hard every night. I think Wilkes-Barre/Scran-

atmosphere is different from anywhere else.

ton is a hard-working area, everyone works

The fans are on top of the game the entire time. It doesn’t get to that level at any other arena in the NHL. Best Lesson Learned Just to work hard every day and try to make yourself better. And make sure you’re having fun. Fiercest Rivarly

for everything they get, and I think the fans appreciated that. My first couple of years were also the first for the team. We did a lot of public appearances. We were trying to get people into the game of hockey. It seemed like every day we were at a different school or restaurant to meet fans. Those first four years, I really got to know a lot of fans really well.

Hershey was a big rival, but it seemed like every time we played Philadelphia, it was a

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Prospect Pop-In

................................................................................................................................ While some Pittsburgh draft picks are just beginning their professional careers, others are still developing at the junior and collegiate levels. Throughout the season, we will take a look at how the Penguins prospects are faring during the 2012-13 campaign. Ken Agostino – Fifth Round (#140 overall) in 2010 The last time we checked in on Agostino, he was enjoying a solid start to the season with eight points in his first six games. The junior forward has continued to make waves, leading the Bulldogs in assists (14) and points (25) while ranking second in goals (11). Yale recently had a five-game winning streak snapped by Colgate University last Saturday, but has risen to the No. 7-ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. Despite the loss for the Bulldogs, Agostino is still riding a six-game point streak that has seen him post four goals and four assists. Yale hosts Princeton and Quinnipiac at home this weekend before playing five in a row on the road. Anton Zlobin - Sixth Round (#173 overall) in 2012 It has been a whirlwind eight months for the 19-year old from Moscow. After finishing first as the top goal and point-scorer (40g-36a) for the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes during the 2011-2012 regular season, Zlobin could not have capped off the year in any finer fashion. In the Memorial Cup Championship game, Zlobin scored the game-tying goal and the decisive tally in overtime in a 2-1 win for the Cataractes. An off-season trade to Val d’Or has not slowed Zlobin down at all as he is currently second on the Foreurs in assists (39) and points (60). Val d’Or takes the ice this weekend for two games at home against Rimouski.

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Josh Archibald - Sixth Round (#174 overall) in 2011 More than halfway through his sophomore campaign, Josh Archibald has proven to be an extremely valuable player for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Regina, Saskatchewan native is almost a point per game player with 25 (14G-11A) in 26 games and tied for second on the squad in both goals (14) and points (25). Archibald has helped the Mavericks to an 11-5-2 record in the WCHA and is tied for second in the conference standings with the University of Minnesota. The winger has registered points in all six games so far in 2013 (7g-1a), beginning with a hat trick on Jan. 4 in an 8-4 win over Colorado College. The Mavericks open up a four-game home stand this weekend with a pair of matches against Michigan Tech.


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BOARDING

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ROUGHING Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

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HIGH STICKING Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent.

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ICING

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KNEEING

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of play in 2012-13, continuing a tradition of excellence that began in 1936 when the Canadian-American Hockey League merged with the International Hockey League to form what is today known as the AHL. Eight teams hit the ice that first season,playing in Buffalo,Cleveland,New Haven,Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Springfield and Syracuse.

A Tradition of Excellence Est. 1936

Frank Calder, the National Hockey League’s president at the time, was instrumental in the forming of the new league, and his name would be given to its championship trophy. The first Calder Cup was won by the Syracuse Stars in 1937; the 76th championship was captured by the Norfolk Admirals last spring. LEGENDS

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Over the past three-quarters of a century, the American Hockey

Billy Smith Honored Member, Hockey Hall of Fame 1971 Calder Cup Champion

League has been home to some of the greatest players in the history of our sport. In fact, more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have been affiliated with the AHL during their careers. All-time greats like George Armstrong, Toe Blake, Gump Worsley, Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Brad Park, Ken Dryden and Brett Hull came through the AHL ranks and now find themselves enshrined in Toronto, and the coveted Calder Cup trophy is inscribed with the names of legendary AHL alumni like Patrick Roy, Larry Robinson, Gerry Cheevers, Andy Bathgate,Tim Horton, Al Arbour, Emile Francis, Doug Harvey and Billy Smith.

The American Hockey League has created its own legends as well,

and in 2006 began honoring them with the formation of the AHL Hall of Fame. The seventh class of inductees, recognized in 2012, included Joe Crozier, Jack Gordon, John Stevens and Zellio Toppazzini.They join the likes of Johnny Bower, Fred Glover, Jody Gage, Mitch Lamoureux, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers, Eddie Shore, Bruce Boudreau, Tim Tookey and others as distinguished members of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

In today’s National Hockey League, more than 88 percent of the

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PLAYERS

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COACHES

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National Hockey League, including 329 who skated in both leagues last year alone. Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux were among the 11 AHL graduates who led their NHL teams in scoring, and former AHL All-Stars Pekka Rinne, Kari Lehtonen and Ryan Miller were among the 28 AHL goaltending alumni who paced their NHL clubs in victories. More than 200 former first- and second-round draft picks developed their skills in the AHL last season, including 2012 AHL All-Stars Kyle Palmieri, Thomas Hickey, Brandon Pirri, Colby Robak, Alex Plante and Zack Kassian.

Former AHL forward Claude Giroux finished third in the NHL scoring race with 93 points for the Flyers in 2011-12.

At the start of the 2012-13 season, the NHL featured 22 head coaches who were former AHL

bench bosses, including recent Stanley Cup champions Claude Julien (Boston, 2011), Joel Quenneville (Chicago, 2010), Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh, 2009), Mike Babcock (Detroit, 2008), Randy Carlyle (Anaheim, 2007), Peter Laviolette (Carolina, 2006) and John Tortorella (Tampa Bay, 2004). “The American Hockey League has been essential in developing my potential both as a player and as a coach. Being able to hone my skills and improve at a high level of competition was key to reaching my goals of playing in the NHL, becoming a head coach and winning the Stanley Cup.” -- Dan Bylsma, Head Coach, Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Jack Adams Award Winner, 2009 Stanley Cup Champion

Attendance was up nearly 5 percent in 2011-12 as 6.4 million fans FANS

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STARS

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Getting to know: Beau Bennett

..................................................................................................................................... Position: Left Wing

He’s a heating and air conditioning guy

Number: 13

and one day at his job is just killer.

Height: 6’1”

I don’t know how he does it.

Weight: 195 Shoots: Right Age: 21 Hometown: Gardena, California Last Amateur Team: University of Denver

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(2010-2012)

Favorite team growing up? Los Angeles Kings. I grew up down the street from the old Forum. Favorite player? Ray Ferraro. My parents told me that when I was little I used to yell through the speaker of the TV when they

First car? I didn’t have a first car. The car I

were playing, thinking he could hear me.

learned to drive in though was a ’95 Astrovan. When you got it up to 65 miles per hour, it started to violently shake. It really kept you within the rules of the road.

If you could skate in on any one goaltender of all time on a breakaway, who would it be? A good friend of mine [and former NHL goaltender], Jamie Storr. I would love

First job? I never had a real job as a kid. I’d always just go help my Dad at work.

to go 10 breakaways on him.


What would you want to do if you weren’t

double-double, with grilled onions, no

playing hockey? I’d probably still be in

tomato, an extra cheeseburger the

school. I’d like to be a GM of a team

same way and a Coke. Maybe a shake if

someday. When I was growing up, I really

I’m feeling outrageous.

wanted to be a sports doctor. I had this one doctor who formed a cast around my hand

What is your favorite TV show? Two and a Half Men – Charlie Sheen version.

so I could still hold a hockey stick. I would want to help kids in that way as well.

What is your favorite sports movie? Warrior.

If you could excel at one sport besides hockey, what would it be? Golf. It would be a lot more fun.

Who is your favorite band/artist on your iPod right now? I always have

and under. It was the first year guys with the 1991 birth year could play together. Me and my buddies went up to Rochester for Nationals and came back with the gold. Favorite meal? In N’ Out Burger in California. I’m going with a #1,

PS3 or Xbox? My family is PS3. Here I go Xbox all the guys here are on that.

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2006 with the LA Selects. Bantam AAA, 14

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