In 2000, Tom Kostopoulos made his first appearance with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Now, nearly two decades later, the captain will begin his final quest for the cup as he leads the team in a best of five, round one showdown with Charlotte.
“It’s exciting, you know the guys made it possible,” Kostopoulos said. “So here we go, I’m getting ready for it and we’re excited for it.”
TK has played in two Calder Cups with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, losing both times. As the end of his professional hockey career approaches, it’s clear his current teammates are trying to send him out on top.
“He’s had an unbelievable career and we want to make sure we help him finish it on the right note,” forward Daniel Sprong said. “It’s been a hell of a career and we want to make sure he goes out the right way.”
But like a true captain, Kostopoulos said he doesn’t want the guys to focus on him, rather to focus on executing the game plan.
“I don’t want them playing for me, I want everyone playing for each other,” Kostopoulos said. “I think as a team we want to come out and play our best game Friday. I don’t want to give them any added pressures. I want the guys to play hard like we’ve done all year.”