Michael "Mike" Zigomanis
Michael "Mike" Zigomanis is a Stanley Cup winning forward that has had a patchy career moving between the NHL, the AHL and even the Swedish Elitserie where he spent one year playing for Djurgården. He is currently playing for Toronto where he, true to form, is moving between the Maple Leafs and the AHL team, the Toronto Marliers. Zigomanis played a total of five seasons for Lowell back when they were still the Lowell Lock Monsters, a feeder team for the Carolina Hurricanes. He has not played in the team since it was acquired by the New Jersey Devils and changed its name to the Lowell Devils.
Zigomanis is of Greek Macedonian decent and was born January 17, 1981 in North York, Ontario, Canada. He is a right shooting forward and was drafted to the NHL in 2001 by the Carolina Hurricanes as the 46th pick.
Zigomanis started his Hockey career in OHL (Ontario Hockey League) where he played four seasons from 1997 – 2001 for the Kingston Frontenacs. While playing for the Kingston Frontenacs he won the William Hanley Trophy Given to the most Gentlemanly Player each year.
Prior to the 2001-02 season, Zigomanis moved to join the Lowell Lock Monsters in the United States. During the 2002–03 season he got his first chance to play in the NHL when he joined the Carolina Hurricanes. His game play was however not convincing enough to make him a permanent part of the Hurricanes and during the 2002–03 , 2003–04,2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons he moved between the Hurricanes and the Lowell Lock Monsters. Later in the 2005-06 season Zigomanis was transferred to the St. Louis Blues but this was not to be his big break either. He played a total of two games for the St. Louis Blues that season and 28 for the AHL team Peoria Rivermen.
2006-07 would be Zigomanis first all NHL season, during which he played for the Phoenix Coyotes. The happiness did however not last as he the 2007-08 season once again saw him moved down to the AHL and the San Antonio Rampage. Before the 2008-09 season Zigomanis once again found himself in a new NHL club, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played the entire season in this NHL team.
For 2009-10 Zigomanis signed a try-out contract with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL but ended up playing a mere seven games, during which he scored a very respectable 13 points, for the team. He then went to Sweden to play for Djurgården in Elitserien (SEL) - the premier Swedish Hockey League - for the rest of the season.
For the 2010-11 season Zigomanis returned to the Toronto Marlies where he played a few games for the NHL team the Toronto Maple Leafs and a lot of games for the AHL team Toronto Marlies.
Zigomanis has played to Junior World Championships once for Canada in 2001. Canada won the Bronze medal. He has not played for his national team since then.
He won the Stanley cup in 2009 while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.