CHICAGO – The Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed defenseman Brian Sipotz.
The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Wolves of the AHL and the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. The head coach of the Wolves is Don Granato, who led Peoria to the 2000 Kelly Cup Championship.
In his rookie season in 2004-05, the 26-year-old Sipotz played in two games with Gwinnett while also playing for Chicago where he had eight points (2g-6a) and 31 penalty minutes in 75 regular season games and three points (1g-2a) and six penalty minutes in 18 playoff games for the Wolves.
Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) by Atlanta in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Sipotz had five points (1g-4a) in 54 regular season games for the Wolves in 2007-08 and four assists in 20 playoff games to help Chicago win the AHL championship.
In four seasons with the Wolves he has 71 points (32g-39a) and 130 penalty minutes in 259 regular season games and seven points (1g-6a) in 47 playoff games from 2004-08.