Getting to Know… Brian Pinho

Posted June 3, 2019

(Caps Outsider)

Hailing from North Andover, Ma., the newly re-signed Caps forward Brian Pinho began his road to professional hockey in 2011, at St. John’s Prep, a Catholic Boys school in Danvers, Ma. Pinho tallied 57 points in his debut season for St John’s, scoring 20 goals and 37 assists across the 2011-12 season. He followed an impressive first season with a 36 point season before the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League came calling.

The 2012-13 season with the Indiana Ice proved to be what Pinho needed to bring himself into the NHL frame. A 56 point total in 59 regular season games along with 6 playoff points in 12 postseason games proved an impressive record. Pinho scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the USHL Clark Cup Final against the Waterloo Black Hawks, earning Indiana their second Clark Cup in franchise history.

Pinho was subsequently selected at 174th overall in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Level Draft by the Washington Capitals. It was then time to prove himself at the elite level.

In order to do so, Pinho returned to his home state to join Providence College to play at NCAA level for the 2014-15 season. Pinho steadily increased his offensive prowess at Providence across four seasons at College level. He recorded 6 goals and 12 assists in his freshman season. He was named Most Outstanding Freshman in his first season. Pinto also recorded 1 goal and 1 assist in four NCAA Tournament Games, clinching Providence’s first ever hockey championship with the Friars that season.

He lifted his points tally to 25 in 2015-16 and 40 points in 2016-17 (when he was named Alternate Captain).

In his Senior Year at Providence College, Pinho was named the top defensive forward in Hockey East and in all of New England. Also being named to the Third All Star Team, he continued to play for Providence in what would be his final NCAA season in 2017-18. He signed a two year entry level contract with the Capitals in April 2018 and joined the Capitals Development Camp for the sixth time in June 2018.

Pinho made his way to Hershey for the 2018-19 season, his first at the professional level. A relatively quiet first season saw Pinho make a late surge towards the end of the season. As a Washington prospect, he began to trend upwards in December 2018 and finished his first season in Hershey with 73 games played and 12 points.

A highlight for Pinho in his fist season with Hershey was the Game 5, overtime, series clinching goal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Pinho re-signed with Washington on May 20th with a one-year, two-way contract which will see him make $100,000 at AHL and $700,000 at NHL level. Re-signed along with fellow Hershey Bear, Shane Gersich, Pinho is improving with every game and will definitely be a big part of the Capitals’ depth going forward.