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WBS Penguins Sign DeFazio & Hotham

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins are beginning to add to their depth for their ECHL affiliate much like Pittsburgh has been doing over the last month. The WBS Penguins announced today the signing of forward Brandon DeFazio (pictured above) and defenseman Andrew Hotham to American Hockey League (AHL) contracts.

DeFazio, you might recall, played two regular season games with the WBS Penguins back in early April, posting no points and an even rating. Wheeling Nailers beat writer Shawn Rine had this to say (on Twitter) after hearing the news of DeFazio's signing:
Congrats to @BDDeFazio (Brandon DeFazio) on AHL deal with WBS. All you need to know about his compete level: played entire playoffs with a ripped up knee. Great guy in room, too. #winner
Photo from theahl.com
Andrew Hotham (pictured above) played in six regular season games last season with the Rochester Americans, posting two assists, a +2 rating and 7 PIM. Before turning pro, Hotham played four years of college hockey at St. Mary's University, finishing his career with 148 points (34G, 114A) in 109 games. Hotham’s efforts last year earned him the Atlantic University Sport’s MVP award.

All in all, both guys will likely begin the season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers.

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