Brian Sipotz was Atlanta’s fourth round pick, 100th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’6” 225 pound defenseman will be a junior at Miami of Ohio this fall. With the assistance of the Atlanta Thrashers, Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to ask Brian a few questions during the Thrashers Prospect Camp held in July.
HF: How would you describe your game to someone who has never seen you play?
BS: With my size, I’d say the majority of my game is being a physical presence on the ice. I just get the puck and try and make the first pass, nothing fancy, and [play] a real basic game and hopefully be a physical presence.
HF: What role did you fill for Miami last season?
BS: Well, I like I said, to be kind of an enforcer. Especially this year I’ll be one of the only big guys on the team. So I’m going to do what I need to do in order to be a physical presence.
HF: What is the highlight of your hockey career prior to the NHL draft?
BS: Obviously before being drafted, I’d say the number one highlight in my career would be getting a scholarship to play in college and to college that I wanted to go to, and a program that I wanted to join for a long time. That was pretty exciting for me.
HF: Is there any particular person who has been influential in your development?
BS: Well, no players necessarily. I went to a military boarding school so I didn’t watch all that much TV. So I could never really latch onto a single player. My coaches all the way through, I’ve had pretty much four main coaches all the way through my development. And the support of my parents, and what they were willing to do for me, shipping me around everywhere, and letting me do what it is I want to do.
HF: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
BS: Nothing too goofy–I’ve seen some pretty weird stuff. I like to hang out by myself, I don’t like to be in the lockerroom a whole lot. I’m in there only to get dressed, then otherwise I’m out walking around doing something else, I just kind of stay away and spend time on my own. I do the same thing, like eat the same pre-game meal, unless I don’t play well, then I switch it up a little bit. I keep my stick in the same spot and tape it in the same place, all this kind of stuff.
HF: What has been the biggest adversity in your hockey career?
BS: I was out for the end of my freshman year because of a cut on my foot. That was pretty tough seeing my team (we were ranked second and lost to the 9th place team) it was tough watching my team kind of fall over there at the end of the season. But other than that, [there is] nothing really serious that I’ve had to battle back from.