he first put on his Jr. Warrior jersey back when he was a squirt, Brian Pinho
never imagined that he would someday be wearing the colors of a Division I
powerhouse. “I just really wanted to play Hockey East. It’s been a dream of
mine since I was a kid. Providence is a great school with a great business
program and a hockey team that’s on the way up. It’s everything I wanted,”
quipped Pinho last year after committing to Providence.
Pinho began his career with the Valley Jr. Warriors when he
was just a squirt minor. Brian continued to develop over the years and was part
of the successful ‘95 team, led by head coach Bill Franzese, that not only
advanced to USA Hockey Nationals in 2008, but also collected four New England
Hockey League (NEHL) titles in a six-year span. Brain went on to an impressive
high school career at St. John’s Prep in Danvers and was selected by the
Washington Capitals in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Fast forward to this past week and Pinho is not only
enjoying an outstanding Freshman season with the Providence Friars, but now will
have an opportunity to return home to Boston and compete for the NCAA National
Championship. Pinho has been a consistent producer for the Friars this season
and ranks among the top freshman in Hockey East with 17 points. In the opening
round of the NCAA Tournament Brian netted a key second period goal that helped
vault the Friars to 7-5 win over Miami of Ohio. Brian will hope to keep that
streak going tomorrow evening as the Providence Friars face off against the
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in the Frozen Four.