Oct 07,2010

Zigomanis has Blue and White fever

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Mike Zigomanis isn’t sure what the bigger thrill was — playing for his hometown Maple Leafs in the season opener on Thursday night, or playing on a line in minor hockey with Anakin Skywalker of Star Wars fame.

Of course, when Zigomanis was 9 and playing on a line with childhood buddy Hayden Christensen, he had no idea at the time that his skinny winger would some day become a Hollywood big shot — though he did figure that his other winger on that Markham AAA squad, current Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres, would make it to the NHL.

“Raffi was definitely better than me,” said Zigomanis, with a laugh. “He was really good. I had to try to keep up with him. I just basically tried to dig out the puck and get it on his stick in the slot, that’s about it.”

Zigomanis, 29, played with Torres with teams in Markham and North York, from the time they were about 8 until about 13, and he played with Vancouver-born Christensen for a couple of seasons as well.

“He was good, better than me,” Zigomanis said of Christensen, who beat out a certain Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the 2002 Star Wars flick, Attack of the Clones. “I was the weak point on the line. They carried me on their back a lot growing up.”

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6 Responses to “Zigomanis has Blue and White fever”

  1. Comment by Jammer in October 8, 2021 @ 9:38 am

    It would be so cool for a photo of young Hayden in hockey gear, and from interviews he does know what the people he played with in AAA have done.

  2. Comment by ATLqueen in October 8, 2021 @ 5:40 pm

    I kinda wish HC was a hockey player. Not that I find anything wrong with him doing what it is that he does now…..

  3. Comment by Nancy in October 10, 2021 @ 2:29 pm

    Nice article!

  4. Comment by Lydia in October 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all canadians and Hayden

  5. Comment by Ruth in October 14, 2021 @ 12:19 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if HAYDEN and Zigomanis got together for “old times sake”? Ha ha! They are BOTH pretty busy though…oh well!

  6. Comment by Rita from Rome in October 18, 2021 @ 1:12 pm

    I would see Hayden playng Hockey! It should be FANTASTIC!!! Happy Canada thanksgiving to all the canadian people and to hayden And his family!!!