Chris started the 1996-1997 season with the fledgling WPHL franchise in Waco, Texas. Being a recent early
2nd round draft pick in the NHL draft having a player like Chris stood to add instant legitimacy to the young league. Chris came in as player Assistant Coach but his time in would prove to be short
at the franchise, only playing 9 games.
This first generation Waco jersey was worn by multiple players including Chris Gotziaman, Travis Hulse, and perhaps others