Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Kotsopoulos
Rugged defenceman Chris Kotsopoulos played nearly 500 games in the NHL during the 1980s. When he was on top of his game, "Kotsy" was one of the top defensive blueliners in the NHL with a mean streak to boot.

The native of Scarborough played a year of junior with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHA in 1975-76. The next year he enrolled at Acadia University but didn't suit up for the varsity hockey team until the following season. After leaving school Kotsopoulos spent two years in the minors before he was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers.

As a rookie in 1980-81, Kotsopoulos recorded 16 points and demonstrated a willingness to play physically in his own end. Before the start of the next season, he was traded to the Hartford Whalers as part of the package assembled to acquire speedy forward Mike Rogers. Kotsopoulos spent four years with the Whalers but, when the team became deep on the blueline in the mid 1980s, he was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs for checking forward Stu Gavin.

Kotsopoulos helped to stabilize the Leafs' erratic young defensive brigade and the team reached the second round of the playoffs in 1986 and 1987. When he no longer fit into Toronto's plans, Kotsopoulos signed with the Detroit Red Wings as defensive insurance. After playing only two NHL games in Motown and a handful of AHL contests, he retired in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 30 0 5 5 128
1975-76 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 59 3 13 16 169
1976-77 Acadia University AUAA
1977-78 Acadia University AUAA 17 0 7 7 72
1978-79 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 62 6 22 28 153 6 1 7 8 48
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 75 7 27 34 149 10 4 5 9 28
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 54 4 12 16 153 -10 14 0 3 3 63
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 68 13 20 33 147 -25
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 68 6 24 30 125 -21
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 72 5 13 18 118 -2
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 33 5 3 8 53 +2
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 6 11 17 83 -5 10 1 0 1 14
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 2 10 12 75 +8 7 0 0 0 14
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 2 2 4 19 -3
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 1 14 15 44 -4
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 10 -1
1989-90 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 24 2 4 6 4 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 479 44 109 153 827 31 1 3 4 91


Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 10, 1980. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers with Gerry McDonald and Doug Sulliman for Mike Rogers and Hartford's 10th round pick (Simo Saarinen) in 1982 NHL Draft, October 2, 1981. Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Stew Gavin, October 7, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, June 23, 1989.
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