UMass' Kostka Earns Spot On Maple Leafs' Opening Day Roster
Jan. 18, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka has earned spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening day roster, it was announced on Friday. The former captain of the Minutemen has reached the NHL for the first time after spending the last five years in the American Hockey League following the completion of his four-year UMass career in 2008.
Kostka, who was named to the AHL Western Conference All-Star Team yesterday, has enjoyed a stellar 2012-13 campaign with the Toronto Marlies. Appearing 34 games with the Marlies this year, the defenseman has registered 34 points on six goals and 28 assists with 38 penalty minutes. His points currently rank 12th in the league among all scorers.
Last summer after winning the Calder Cup with the Norfolk Admirals, Kostka signed a one year contract with the Leafs. He played in 70 games during the regular season in 2011-12, the final 52 with the Admirals after beginning the year with the San Antonio Rampage. Kostka totaled 38 points on nine goals and 28 assists with 57 penalty minutes in 2011-12 and led all defensemen in scoring in the Calder Cup Playoffs with 12 points on six goals and six assists. He scored the winning goal in games two and three of the Calder Cup Finals as the Admirals swept the Toronto Marlies.
Kostka, who turned pro following his senior year with the Minutemen in 2007-08, played in 158 games over four seasons at UMass and was named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star in 2008.