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Wolves To Present Sipotz With Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award

April 2, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Chicago Wolves News Release

The Chicago Wolves will present defenseman BRIAN SIPOTZ with the 2008 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award before the team battles the Quad City Flames at the Allstate Arena on Sun., April 6, at 3 p.m. The award recognizes the Wolves player who best typifies Breslin's on-ice spirit and team-first attitude.

Breslin, who was one of the first three players signed by the franchise, passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, due to complications from appendiceal cancer, which is a malignancy of the appendix. The Addison native and Driscoll Catholic High School graduate played five seasons with the team and was a member of the 1998 Turner Cup Championship squad. The Breslin family will be on hand to present SIPOTZ with the award.

"It is exactly fitting that Brian would get this award," said Wolves Assistant Coach Wendell Young, who was a teammate of Breslin's for five seasons with Chicago. "Much like Timmy was, Brian is a constant for us. He may not always get the recognition, but his consistency, both on the ice and off, is a big thing for the team. Community-wise, he is just like Tim: he does so much away from the ice that people don't even know about. He is very deserving of this award."

The 26-year-old blueliner was selected through fan voting on from a list of three candidates nominated by the Wolves coaching staff, which also included centers Steve Martins and Andre Deveaux.

SIPOTZ, a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, has appeared in 252 games with Chicago over the last four seasons, which includes tallying four assists and five points in 47 outings this year. Last season, the 6-foot-7 inch defenseman led the American Hockey League and set a franchise record with a +34 plus/minus rating.

Past winners of the award include current Wolves players Brian Fahey (2007) and Kevin Doell (2006) and former Chicago defenseman Tim Wedderburn (2005).

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