Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Pothier
Brian Pothier spent four seasons anchoring the defense at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where in his final season (1999-2000), he capped off an outstanding season, being named to the NCAA East's Second All-Star Team.

After his collegiate career, Pothier was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers and went on to make his NHL debut during the 2000-2001 season. The former RPI defenceman went on to play 3 games with the Thrashers, while spending the majority of the season with the IHL's Orlando Solar Bears. Named the league's rookie of the year, the New Bedford, Massachusetts native split the 2001-02 season between Atlanta and the club's AHL affiliate in Chicago.

In the summer of 2002, Pothier was traded to the Ottawa Senators. Upon his arrival with the organization, Pothier spent the majority of his first season with the Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton before becoming a regular on the blue line in 2003-04.

In the 2005-06 NHL regular season, Pothier posted a career high in goals (5), assists (30), points (35), and games (77) as a member of the Ottawa Senators. However in the off-season he became an unrestricted free agent and was not signed by his former club.

In the summer of 2006, Pothier was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a four-year contract.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, Pothier was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes as part of a deal that saw the Capitals acquire Joe Corvo.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Northfield Mount Hermon School High-MA 27 11 22 33 36
1996-97 RPI Engineers ECAC 34 1 11 12 42
1997-98 RPI Engineers ECAC 35 2 9 11 28
1998-99 RPI Engineers ECAC 37 5 13 18 36
1999-00 RPI Engineers ECAC 36 9 24 33 44
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 +4
2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 76 12 29 41 69 +5 16 3 5 8 11
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 33 3 6 9 22 -19
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 39 6 13 19 30 +2
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 14 2 4 6 6 +11 1 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Binghamton Senators AHL 68 7 40 47 58 +5 8 2 8 10 4
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 2 6 8 24 +6 7 0 0 0 6
2004-05 Binghamton Senators AHL 77 12 36 48 64 +13 6 0 1 1 6
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 5 30 35 59 +29 8 2 1 3 2
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 72 3 25 28 44 -11
2006-07 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 4 -1
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 38 5 9 14 20 +5
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 2 3 4 0 13 0 2 2 8
2008-09 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 0 0 2 +1
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 41 4 7 11 10 +12
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 20 1 3 4 11 -8
2010-11 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 44 8 25 33 26 6 2 4 6 10
2011-12 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 50 6 20 26 32 4 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 362 26 92 118 202 29 2 3 5 18


ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000)
ECAC All-Tournament Team (2000)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (2000)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (IHL - U.S. Born Rookie of the Year) (2001)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL - Rookie of the Year) (2001)
AHL Second All-Star Team (2003, 2005)
Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, March 27, 2000. Traded to Ottawa by Atlanta for Shawn McEachern and Ottawa's 6th round pick (Dan Turple) in 2004 NHL Draft, June 29, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2006. Missed remainder of 2007-08 and majority of 2008-09 due to head injury at Boston, January 3, 2008. Traded to Carolina by Washington with Oskar Osala and Washington's 2nd round pick (later traded to NY Rangers, later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Tyler Wotherspoon) in 2011 NHL Draft for Joe Corvo, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), July 27, 2010.
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