The Penguins organization have made an announcement that is sure to please their fan base, especially fans of their American Hockey League affiliate.
Tom Kostopoulos will be returning to Penguins organization for a 10th consecutive year, and his 18th year as a professional hockey player, no small feet. The official announcement was made on the WBS Penguins website:
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have re-signed forward Tom Kostopoulos to an American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season.
Kostopoulos enters his 18th season of professional hockey and 10th year with the Penguins organization. The 37-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario had his most productive season in a decade in 2015-16, appearing in 75 games last year for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and racking up 52 points (19G-33A). His 52 points were good enough for the second-highest total on the team.
A five-time captain for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Kostopoulos is the club’s all-time leader in games played (553), goals (157), assists (239) and points (396). He is also first in the Penguins’ postseason rankings with 86 games played, 23 goals, 42 assists and 65 points.
There was no announcement made regarding him returning as captain for a 6th straight season, but we assume he will be awarded the C once again.