Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Kontos
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 North York Flames Minor-ON 42 39 55 94 37
1980-81 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 57 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 +1
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 1 1 8 0
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 21 5 13 18 8
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 28 4 8 12 24 -12
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 48 19 24 43 30
1985-86 Ilves Tampere Finland 36 16 15 31 30
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 21 8 15 23 12 5 4 2 6 4
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 8 9 17 6 -6
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 36 14 17 31 29
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 1 7 8 12 -3
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 10 3 6 9 8
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 2 10 12 2 +1 4 1 0 1 4
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 16 8 16 24 4
1988-89 EHC Kloten Swiss 36 33 22 55 6 5 4 9
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 2 1 3 2 +2 11 9 0 9 8
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 2 2 4 4 +3 5 1 0 1 0
1989-90 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 42 10 20 30 25
1990-91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 69 26 36 62 19 11 9 12 21 0
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 26 10 10 20 4
1991-92 HC Courmaosta Italy-2 7 10 8 18 4
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 27 24 51 12 -7
1993-94 Canada Nat-Tm 35 16 16 32 12
1993-94 Canada Olympics 8 3 1 4 2
1994-95 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 36 21 27 48 30 5 2 3 5 4
1994-95 Canada Nat-Tm 3 0 1 1 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 Quebec Rafales IHL 19 8 3 11 0
1996-97 Manitoba Moose IHL 40 17 18 35 12
1997-98 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 26 10 4 14 14
NHL Totals 230 54 69 123 103 20 11 0 11 12


Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers for Ron Duguay, January 21, 1987. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh's 6th round choice (Micah Aivazoff) in 1988 Entry Draft for Bryan Erickson, February 5, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 21, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 7, 1995.