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Jock Talk with Stathopoulos

Matt Prince/Gazette
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? Mike Stathopoulos of the Mustangs’ men’s hockey team looks pretty tough behind that purple pipe... just imagine him with a hockey stick.

The Western Mustangs' men's hockey season is in full swing. Western has six wins and two losses, placing them in second in the West Division and fifth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport top ten.

In their last game against Laurier, the Mustangs used power plays to outscore their opponent, beating them 6-2. The game consisted of numerous penalties for both teams, but Western's special teams used the time to their advantage, scoring four goals in power play time.

Two of those power play goals came from rookie centre Mike Stathopoulos, who also added an assist. Stathopoulos eased his way in to the Laurier end and was also awarded The Gazette's hounourable Purple Pipe.

Stathopoulos played for the London Knights before his arrival at Western. He was drafted when he was 17 and moved to London from Toronto to play hockey and finish high school. He led the Knights in goal scoring for two of his four seasons on the team and was a dominate playmaker.

In the 2003 season, the rookie Western player has scored eight goals, has 10 assists and averages 2.25 points per game. Stathopoulos is ranked in the top ten of the CIS's highest goal scorers.

-Alison Stolz




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