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WBS signs Kostopoulos, Eaton to tryouts

January 23, 2013

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Tom Kostopoulos and defenseman Mark Eaton to a professional tryout agreements.

Kostopoulos, 33, is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time leader in games played (318), goals (97), assists (149) and points (246). He also ranks first on the team’s playoff scoring list with 38 points (11g, 27a) in 51 games, helping the Penguins to the Calder Cup Finals in 2001 and 2004.

Now entering his 14th year of professional hockey, Kostopoulos was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

An AHL All-Star in 2002, Kostopoulos has notched four 20-goal seasons in the AHL, totaling 122 goals and 195 assists for 317 points in 382 games with Wilkes-Barre (1999-2004) and Manchester (2004-05).

Kostopoulos made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh during the 2001-02 season and has appeared in 615 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Montreal, Carolina and Calgary, compiling 60 goals, 96 assists and 705 penalty minutes.

Eaton, 35, spent the last two seasons with the New York Islanders, where he posted one goal, six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 96 games.

The 15-year pro skated four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-10 after being signed as a free agent on July 3, 2006. Eaton was a member of the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup championship team.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Eaton has appeared in 153 AHL games with Philadelphia (1998-2000), Milwaukee (2002-03) and Grand Rapids (2004-05), as well as 627 NHL games with Philadelphia, Nashville, Pittsburgh and the Islanders.