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Ex-RPI defenseman Pothier elected to school's Athletic Hall of Fame

By Ken Schott
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Former RPI hockey defenseman Brian Pothier will be inducted into the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Wednesday.

Pothier played for the Engineers from 1996-2000. He played 142 games, collecting 17 goals and 57 assists with 150 penalty minutes. The Engineers were 83-50-12 during Pothier's four years, and they had three 20-win seasons.

His best season came when he captained the team as a senior in 1999-2000. He had nine goals and 24 assists -– all career-highs -– in 36 games. Potheri was selected All-ECAC, named to the ECAC All-Tournament team and earned All-America recognition.

Pothier went on to a 12-year pro career, including nine years in the NHL. He played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes. Pothier played in 362 NHL games and had 26 goals and 92 assists.

Three other people were elected to the Hall of Fame -- 2007 graduate Jennifer Dias (track and field), 2005 graduate Paris Moore (basketball) and longtime academic adviser Bob Conway. Also being inducted is RPI women's hockey player and 2006 graduate Rosina Schiff, who was elected last year but deferred her induction to this year because she was attending medical school. The ceremony will take place during reunion and homecoming weekend Oct. 9-12.

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