George Halkidis Returns To Italy For Third Time

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hc eppan pirates lega italiana hockey ghiaccio serie 2George Halkidis played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1999-00 to 2002-03. He began his career with the North Bay Centennials and played his first three OHL seasons on the blueline in North Bay. In his final season, Halkidis played for the Kitchener Rangers.

As luck would have it, in 2002-03, the Kitchener Rangers won the Robertson Cup as the Ontario Hockey League play-off champions and went on to win the Memorial Cup in Quebec City. Halkidis is credited with the game winning goal for the Rangers in the Memorial Cup final game.

Undrafted, Halkidis played a season for the Peoria Rivermen of the East Coast Hockey League in his first season out of junior. For the following two seasons, 2004-05 and 2005-06, George played in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG) with HC Fassa and Ritten Renon.

In 2006-07, Halkidis returned to North America and played for the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. North America was not to George’s liking, however, and he returned to Italy for the following season, this time with Alleghe.

Shoulder surgery kept Halkidis out of hockey for the entire 2008-09 season. He returned to Europe this past season, playing for the Hull Stingrays of Great Britain’s EIHL.

George Halkidis will return to Italy for the upcoming 2010-11 season. This time around, he will be playing in the LIHG Serie 2 with HC Eppan Pirates.

HC Eppan Pirates have yet to update their official website with their 2010-11 roster. Click here to visit the roster page.

Check out this previous post on another Ontario Hockey League grad playing for HC Eppan Pirates, Peter Campbell.

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