Brian Pothier

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Brian Pothier
Brian Pothier 2009 cropped.jpg
Born (1977-04-15) April 15, 1977 (age 37)
New Bedford, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
Genève-Servette HC
Atlanta Thrashers
Ottawa Senators
Washington Capitals
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–present

Brian Pothier (born April 15, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey player. Pothier played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2000 until 2010. He is currently playing in the Swiss National League for Geneve Servette.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted to the NHL, Pothier played collegiate hockey with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After his senior year he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on March 27, 2000. After two seasons with the Thrashers he was moved to the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2002–03 season in a trade for Shawn McEachern, and was later signed by the Washington Capitals as a free agent in the summer of 2006.

On January 3, 2008, Pothier was injured suffering a concussion, possibly when Boston Bruins right winger Milan Lucic hit him hard into the boards, resulting in the fourth reported concussion of his career which sidelined Brian for the next fourteen months.[1] Pothier later attributed his post-concussion symptoms and long recovery period to an undiagnosed astigmatism resulting from his latest concussion. He stated that he had recovered from the concussion two to three months after the injury, but his astigmatism led to the symptoms previously thought to be post-concussion syndrome until it was properly diagnosed in December 2008.[2]

On December 17, 2008, he practiced in full gear for the first time since the injury. On March 4, 2009, Pothier was assigned to the Capitals American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, for conditioning and to see if he experienced any post-concussion symptoms. After successfully completing his conditioning stint, Pothier was recalled back to the Capitals and made his return to the ice on March 16, 2009, fourteen months after the initial injury.[3] He then scored his first goal since his injury on March 31, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[4]

In the 2009–10 season after scoring 11 points in 41 games with the Capitals, Brian was traded along with prospect Oskar Osala to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defensemen Joe Corvo on March 3, 2010.[5]

On July 27, 2010, Pothier ended his North American career and signed a two-year contract with European team Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss NLA.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 R.P.I. NCAA 34 1 11 12 42
1997–98 R.P.I. NCAA 35 2 9 11 28
1998–99 R.P.I. NCAA 37 5 13 18 36
1999–00 R.P.I. NCAA 36 9 24 33 44
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 76 12 29 41 69 16 3 5 8 11
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 33 3 6 9 22
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 39 6 13 19 30
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 68 7 40 47 58 8 2 8 10 4
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 14 2 4 6 6 1 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 52 2 6 8 24 7 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 77 12 36 48 64 6 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 5 30 35 59 8 2 1 3 2
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 72 3 25 28 44
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 38 5 9 14 20
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 2 3 4 13 0 2 2 8
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 41 4 7 11 10
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 20 1 3 4 11
2010–11 Geneve-Servette HC NLA 44 8 25 33 26 6 2 4 6 10
NHL totals 362 26 92 118 202 29 2 3 5 18

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WC 7 0 1 1 4
Senior int'l totals 7 0 1 1 4

Transactions[edit]

  • March 27, 2000 – Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers
  • June 29, 2002 – Traded to the Ottawa Senators for Shawn McEachern and a sixth round selection in 2004.
  • July 1, 2006 – Signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals
  • March 3, 2010 – Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, along with Oskar Osala and second round selection in 2011 for Joe Corvo

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1999–00
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1999–00
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pothier, Varlamov Rejoin Caps for Trip". Washington Post. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Q&A with Brian Pothier". Washington Post. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Pothier Returns After 14-Month Absence". Yahoo Sports. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-03-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Pothier Scores First Since Concussion". Yahoo Sports. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Caps add Carolina's Joe Corvo, deal Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala". The Washington Post. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  6. ^ "U.S. NHL defender to Genève". Genève-Servette HC. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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