Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Lipuma
Defenceman Chris Lipuma spent parts of five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks in the 90s. He was a hard-nosed competitor who took the body well while spending most of his pro career in the IHL.

Born in Bridgeview, Illinois, Lipuma spent four years on the OHL's Kitchener Rangers where he accumulated 165 points and nearly 500 penalty minutes. In 1992 the Tampa Bay Lightning signed him as a free agent as they prepared for their inaugural NHL season. Over the next four seasons he was a regular on the IHL's Atlanta Knights and filled in for a total of 64 games in Tampa. In 1994 he supplied a physical component to the Knights when they won the Turner Cup.

In August, 1996, Lipuma was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks. He played eight games for his new club that year but was chiefly a regular on the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the AHL. Seeking a bit of defensive insurance, the New Jersey Devils claimed Lipuma on waivers in March, 1997. He was never used by New Jersey and ended up playing the entire 1997-98 schedule in the IHL with the Orlando Solar Bears and the San Antonio Dragons. After three more years in the "I", Lipuma joined the ECHL's Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL in 2001-02.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Chicago Young Americans MEHL 19 6 16 22 31
1988-89 Kitchener Dutchmen ON-Jr.B 2 0 0 0 17
1988-89 Kitchener Rangers OHL 59 7 13 20 101
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers OHL 63 11 26 37 125 17 1 4 5 6
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 0 1 1 4
1990-91 Kitchener Rangers OHL 61 6 30 36 145 4 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Kitchener Rangers OHL 61 13 59 72 115 14 4 9 13 34
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 15 0 5 5 34 +1
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 66 4 14 18 379 9 1 1 2 35
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 27 0 4 4 77 +1
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 42 2 10 12 254 11 1 1 2 28
1994-95 Atlanta Knights IHL 41 5 12 17 191
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 0 +2
1994-95 Nashville Knights ECHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 21 0 0 0 13 -7
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 48 5 11 16 146
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 8 0 0 0 22 -2
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 48 6 17 23 93 4 0 3 3 6
1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 13 1 4 5 63 0
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 60 1 10 11 116 -23
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 34 0 10 10 186 +10
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 42 0 4 4 98 -3 5 0 0 0 8
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 64 2 5 7 184 +16 2 0 0 0 8
2001-02 Baton Rouge Kingfish ECHL 70 3 31 34 228 -34
2002-03 Orlando Seals ACHL 51 10 21 31 263 +17 6 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 72 0 9 9 146


Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, June 29, 1992. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 23, 1996. Claimed on waivers by New Jersey from San Jose, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (IHL), September 8, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Orlando (ACHL), August 21, 2002.