Niko Dimitrakos

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Niko Dimitrakos
Born(1979-05-21) May 21, 1979 (age 33)
Somerville, MA, USA
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
NHL
San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers
SEL
Modo Hockey
Skellefteå AIK
KHL
CSKA Moscow
NHL Draft155th overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2002–present
 
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Niko Dimitrakos
Born(1979-05-21) May 21, 1979 (age 33)
Somerville, MA, USA
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
NHL
San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers
SEL
Modo Hockey
Skellefteå AIK
KHL
CSKA Moscow
NHL Draft155th overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2002–present

Nicholas Dimitrakos (Greek: Niko Δημητράκος; born May 21, 1979 in Somerville, Massachusetts) is a Greek-American professional ice hockey right winger, who currently plays for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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Playing career

Dimitrakos was first introduced to hockey at age four by his uncle, and has loved and played it ever since. He graduated from Matignon High School (Cambridge, MA) in 1997. After graduation, Niko took a year's postgraduate course at Avon Old Farms (Avon, Ct), a prestigious hockey prep school.

Dimitrakos played his college hockey for the University of Maine Black Bears, helping the team win the 1999 NCAA Championship, and making the 1999 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. In his senior year, Dimitrakos led the team in points, with 20 goals and 31 assists in 43 games. While still a UMaine Black Bear, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks, in the 5th round (155th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Dimitrakos received his first NHL action toward the end of the 2002–03 NHL season. Sometimes playing on the same line as NHL star Teemu Selänne, he was credited with 6 goals and 7 assists in 21 games as a rookie. The following year, he logged 9 goals and 15 assists in 68 games. Despite his modest regular season statistics, he played well in the 2004 NHL playoffs, winning the first game of the first round against St. Louis with an overtime goal and subsequently helping San Jose advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

2005–06 was a bit of a disappointing season for Dimitrakos, however, and on March 9, 2006, he was traded by the Sharks to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a draft pick. He played in 24 games for the Flyers before being demoted to their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, in October 2006. Following the 2006–07 season, Dimitrakos signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Prior to the 2008–09 season, Dimitrakos signed a one-year contract with Skellefteå in Sweden. Because of his Greek citizenship, he is not counted against the non-EU player limit.[citation needed]

In September 2011, he returned to play in North America - signing a PTO (Professional Tryout) contract with the Vancouver Canucks and attending their training camp.[1] Dimitrakos was released by the Vancouver Canucks on September 25, 2011.[2]

On October 5, 2011, Dimitrakos agreed to a 25 game PTO contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.[3]

Awards

Career statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1998–99Maine Black BearsHE358192733
1999–00Maine Black BearsHE3211162716
2000–01Maine Black BearsHE2911142543
2001–02Maine Black BearsHE4320315144
2002–03Cleveland BaronsAHL5515294430
2002–03San Jose SharksNHL2167138
2003–04Cleveland BaronsAHL74484
2003–04San Jose SharksNHL689152449151898
2004–05SCL TigersNLA30110633616
2005–06San Jose SharksNHL454121626
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL19549650002
2006–07Philadelphia FlyersNHL50006
2006–07Philadelphia PhantomsAHL4515132834
2006–07Chicago WolvesAHL1741014201537108
2007–08Binghamton SenatorsAHL6420204067
2008–09Skellefteå AIKSEL542222445910000
2009–10CSKA MoscowKHL501251732300012
2010–11Skellefteå AIKSEL2241522
2010–11Adler MannheimDEL2078151463362
NHL totals158243862952018910
KHL totals501251732300012

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