Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos appeared in his 700th American Hockey League game on Friday night, as the Penguins played host to the Rockford IceHogs at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 204th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, Kostopoulos made his professional debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on October 22, 1999 when the Pens took on the St. John’s Maple Leafs in Newfoundland.
Since that time, Kostopoulos has suited up in 636 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over what is essentially two stints (1999-2004; 2013-present). He also appeared in 64 games with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs during the 2004-05 campaign.
Entering Friday night’s action, Kostopoulos had recorded 525 AHL points (207+318) and 961 penalty minutes.
Kostopoulos has also appeared in 630 National Hockey League games with Pittsburgh, the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils, posting 157 points (61+96) and 723 penalty minutes.
The 39-year old Kostopoulos is one of just four players to appear in 600 AHL and 600 NHL games. On Jan. 28, 2017, Kostopoulos became the 91st player in AHL history to reach 500 career points, and on Feb. 4, 2017, he became the 14th player in league history to have played in 600 games with one club.
The Penguins next home game is this Sunday, February 25, when they host the Hershey Bears at 3:05pm. It’s another Kids Free Sunday, with fans ages 14 and younger able to get into the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.
Get your tickets for Sunday by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.