1971 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Detroit from Toronto (OHA)
6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Traded by Kitchener to Toronto for Chris Meloff on Jan. 8,
Canadian • Born July 15, 1951
in Kirkland Lake, Ontario • Hometown: Kirkland Lake, Ontario
NEVER PLAYED IN NHL
After the Draft
- Attended Detroit's 1971 training camp, playing in two exhibition
games against St. Louis and Minnesota.
- Missed part of
1971-72 season with broken hand, an injury suffered while playing
for Port Huron (IHL).
- Won IHL Turner Cup with Port Huron in 1972.
- Signed WHA contract with Cleveland on Aug. 9, 1972.
- Played on first Cleveland Crusaders team in WHA's inaugural 1972-73 season.
- Missed part of 1972-73 season with fractured cheekbone, an injury suffered
while playing for Cleveland (WHA).
- WHA rights sold by Cleveland to Cincinnati on May 21, 1974.
- Loaned by Cincinnati (WHA) to Indianapolis (WHA) on July 8, 1974, for
1974-75 season since Cincinnati was not due to enter league until 1975-76
- Missed part of 1974-75 season with knee injury, suffered during
Indianapolis' Dec. 8, 1974, WHA game vs. San Diego.
Notable: Spelling of last name listed incorrectly as "Hopiavouri"
or "Hopiavari" during career.
Post-Draft Teams: Port Huron (IHL); Cleveland (WHA); Jacksonville (AHL); Mohawk Valley (NAHL); Indianapolis (WHA);
Roanoke Valley (SHL); Cambridge (OHA Sr.)
Career Beyond Hockey: Returned
to the Kitchener, Ontario, area after his retirement, and worked for
many years as a police officer in Waterloo, Ontario. He later went into
the private security business.
Family: Father of former
junior and Canadian college player Chris Hopiavuori and former Canadian
Tier II player Jasen Hopiavuori.
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