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Brian Pothier
Brian Pothier
Number: 2
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 204
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 15, 1977
Birthplace: New Bedford, MA, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 1, 2006
Played in nine games and averaged 16:34 TOI … Returned to the lineup on 3/16 at ATL after missing 14 months recovering from the effects of a concussion …Recorded one goal and two assists … His goal was the GWG on 3/27 vs. TB … Had assists on 4/7 at ATL and 4/11 at FLA … Played his 300th NHL game on 4/9 vs. TB… Made his Capitals playoff debut in Game 2 vs. NYR in the ECQF … Registered two assists in 13 playoff games … Skated in four games on a rehabilitation stint with Hershey before joining Washington full time.

Finished tied for second among Capitals defensemen in goals (5) and fourth in points (14) despite missing more than half the season due to injury … Tied for seventh on the team at +5 … Scored four of his five goals in December, matching the best goal-scoring month of his career (March 2006) … Three of his goals gave the Caps the lead; one (12/15 at TB) was the game-winner … Had two assists and a +3 rating 10/24 vs. TB … Played a season-high 27:08 and put a career-best eight shots on goal 10/26 vs. VAN … Suffered a fractured thumb 12/20 vs. MTL, but missed just one game and scored goals in back-to-back games upon his return (12/26-12/27) … His goal 12/27 at PIT was his 100th career NHL point.

2006-07: Led all Caps defensemen in assists (25) and points (28) in 72 games … Ranked third on the team in assists and sixth in points … Led the team in ice time with an average of 23:59 per game, more than a seven-minute increase compared to his 2005-06 average (16:46) … Led the team in ice time in 35 games … Paced the team with 140 blocked shots … Ranked fifth on the team, first among defensemen, with 118 shots on goal … More than half of his points came on the power play (2g-13a) … Finished fourth on the team in power-play points and third in power-play assists … Led Caps defensemen (third on the team) with 4:13 of power play ice time per game … All three of his goals were Washington’s first of the game … Started the season with assists in three straight games (10/5-10/12, 5a) … Set a career high in assists and points in a game with three vs. CAR (10/7) … Recorded a career-best four-game assist streak from 10/19-10/27 (5a) … Led all Caps with nine assists in 11 GP in October … Played in his 200th NHL game vs. BOS (11/15) … Scored his first Caps goal, on the power play, 1/1 vs. PHX … Had points in five out of six games from 3/15-3/24 (1g-4a) and four straight from 3/18-3/24 (1g-3a) … Had six points (1g-5a) and a +4 rating in the season’s final 12 games … Represented the United States in the World Championship in Moscow.
2005-06: Posted career highs in goals (5), assists (30), points (35), games played (77) and plus/minus rating (+29) for OTT … Finished second among Senators’ defensemen in assists and fourth in points … Tied for third on the team and fifth among all NHL defensemen in plus/minus rating … Three of his five goals came on the power play … Tallied eight multiple-point games … Had a pair of four-game point streaks (12/17-12/23, 6a, and 3/1-3/6, 3g-4a) … Played at least 23:52 in eight straight games (3/28-4/10), including a career-high 35:55 at BUF (4/5, 2a) … Served as alternate captain for six games … Had three points (2g-1a), his first career playoff points, in eight games … All of his scoring came in Round 2 vs. BUF, including his first career playoff goal on 5/11 at BUF.
2004-05: Led Binghamton (AHL) defensemen in scoring with 48 points (12g-36a) in 77 games, setting a career high in points … Ranked sixth among AHL defensemen in points … Named to the AHL Second All-Star Team … Played for PlanetUSA in the AHL All-Star Game … Tied team record with a career-best three assists against Albany (12/22).
2003-04: Played a then-career high 55 games for OTT … Scored the GWG 1/17 vs. BOS … Had points in back-to-back games 3/6 and 3/8 (2a) … Played in all seven playoff games for OTT.
2002-03: Recalled from Binghamton eight times and played 14 games for OTT … Recorded his first multiple-point game vs. NSH (2/22, 1g-1a) … Scored the GWG at MTL (3/29) … Appeared in 68 games for Binghamton, leading the club in assists (40) … Was named the team captain in January … Named as a starter for PlanetUSA at the AHL All-Star Game … Named Binghamton’s best defenseman and a second-team AHL All-Star … Made his NHL playoff debut 4/16 at NYI … Averaged more than a point per game (10 in 8 GP) for Binghamton in the playoffs.
2001-02: Split season between ATL and Chicago (AHL) … Played 33 NHL games before missing the final 10 due to injury … Scored the GWG vs. COL (3/14) … Finished third among Chicago defensemen with 19 points (3g-16a) in 39 GP.
2000-01: Spent most of his first professional season with Orlando (IHL), earning the league’s rookie of the year (Garry F. Longman Trophy) and U.S.-born rookie of the year (Ken McKenzie Trophy) honors … Named the IHL defenseman of the week and IHL plus/minus player of the week for 10/30-11/5 … Scored his first professional goal 10/18 at Detroit … Played three games for ATL … Posted a +3 rating in his first NHL game, 4/3 vs. OTT … Helped Orlando win the IHL’s Turner Cup, posting eight points (3g-5a) in 16 playoff games.

International Career
2007: Was a member of the U.S. team at the 2007 World Championship … Tallied one assist in seven games.

College Career
Played four years for the Rensselaer Engineers in the ECAC, finishing with 74 points (17g-57a) in 142 games ... His goal and point totals climbed steadily his last three seasons. 1999-00: Led all ECAC defensemen and was third on the RPI team with 33 points (9g-24a) … A second-team All-America and second-team All-ECAC selection … Team captain. 1998-99: Led team defensemen with 18 points (5g-13a) … Named to the Rensselaer Holiday Hockey All-Tournament Team.

NHL Transactions

Signed with Atlanta as a free agent, March 27, 2000 … Traded to Ottawa by Atlanta for Shawn McEachern and Ottawa’s sixth-round choice in 2004 Entry Draft (Dan Turple), June 29, 2002 … Signed by the Capitals as a free agent, July 1, 2006.

Enjoys fishing and cycling … Top hockey memory is winning the 2001 Turner Cup.