PENGUINS SIGN HOTHAM, DeFAZIO TO AHL DEALS
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed defenseman Andrew Hotham and forward Brandon DeFazio to American Hockey League contracts, it was announced on Wednesday.
Hotham, 25, played his first six American Hockey League games in 2010-11 with the Rochester Americans, recording two assists and a plus-2 rating. Prior to last season the 6-2, 185-lb. native of Barrie, Ontario completed a four-year standout career at St. Mary’s University (AUS), posting a total of 148 points (34+114) in 109 games played.
Hotham’s efforts last year earned him the Atlantic University Sport’s most valuable player award.
DeFazio, 22, also made his professional debut last season, going scoreless and even in two games with the Penguins. He also appeared in ten regular-season games with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), registering nine points (4+5) and a plus-5 rating. The 6-1, 200-lb. native of Oakville, Ontario also added six points (4+2) in the Nailers’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Prior to turning pro last year, DeFazio finished a four-year college career at Clarkson University (ECAC) and posted a total of 77 points (36+41) in 141 games.