A fine offensive forward who could play centre and left-wing Chris Kontos was a star in junior and a solid player internationally. He also worked hard on his defensive game, which allowed him to play 230 NHL games.
Kontos played junior in Ontario with the Sudbury Wolves and Toronto Marlboros. After scoring 102 points in 1981-82, he was selected in the first round, 15th overall by the New York Rangers. After registering 54 points in 28 games for the Marlies in 1982-83, the young forward was called up to the NHL where showed flashes of talent as well as inexperience. Over the next two years he split time between the Rangers and the minors then spent the first half of 1985-86 with the Finnish club Ilves Tampere.
He returned to North America late in the 1985-86 season and suited up for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks. In January 1987, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins when New York re-acquired Ron Duguay. Kontos played 31 games for the Pens in 1986-87 and then was traded to the Los Angeles Kings the next February where he was chiefly a farmhand.
Seeking a change of scenery, Kontos played for the Swiss club EHC Kloten in 1988-89 before rejoining L.A. late in the year. He was one of the success stories in the post-season with nine goals in eleven matches. After another year in the minors, Kontos committed himself to the Canadian national team in 1991-92 where he scored 20 points in 26 games.
Kontos was signed as a free agent by the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning and scored 27 goals in 1992-93. He returned to the national team in 1993-94 and had 32 points in 35 matches before helping Canada win the silver medal at the Lillehammer Olympics. In 1994-95 he played with Skelleftea of Sweden before returning to North America to play two years of minor pro. In 1997-98 the much-traveled Kontos spent the season with German club ECR Revier Lowen before retiring.