Jock Talk with Stathopoulos
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