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Brian Pothier
Brian Pothier
Defenseman
(POH-thee-uhr)
Number: 2
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 204
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 15, 1977
Birthplace: New Bedford, MA, United States
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 1, 2006
2008-09
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.

Career
2007-08
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.

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