Brian Pothier Joins UMass Dartmouth Hockey Staff

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach John Rolli announced this afternoon that former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brian Pothier has joined the Corsair staff as a volunteer assistant.

During his 15-year professional career, Pothier was a member of four NHL organizations—Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, and Carolina Hurricanes—before retiring after two seasons in the Swiss A League with the Geneve Servette.

"Brian Pothier's addition to the Corsair hockey staff is a huge boon for our program," Rolli said. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game which will be beneficial to our players. I also suspect his presence will give us a recruiting bump down the road."

"I played hockey my whole life," said Pothier. "You can't play forever, I thought it was the perfect time to step into something new and sit on the other side of the bench for a bit. I'm looking forward to learning from Coach Rolli and Coach Tavares. I know they have a ton of knowledge and I'm eager to get started. I hope that I can share a few things that I've learned over the years that can help to improve their perspectives as coaches as well."

Undrafted out of Rensselaer, Pothier was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers in March of 2000. The New Bedford, Mass. product made an immediate impact on the 2001 Orlando Solar Bears, recording 41 points—on 12 goals and 29 assists—in 76 games. He was awarded the prestigious Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy, signifying the International Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player in his first season.

In a 142 career games at Rensselaer, Pothier recorded 17 goals and 57 assists for 74 points from the blue-line. He was elected a team captain for the 1999-2000 season, leading the Red Hawks to a 22-13-2 overall record and a trip to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) finals. Pothier was selected as a second-team All-ECAC pick, while also earning first-team All-ECAC Tournament honors. The Rensselaer staff named Pothier as the 1999-2000 Coaches Award recipient.

UMass Dartmouth will open its 2013-14 season at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Corsairs host No. 12 UMass Boston in a non-conference contest at Hetland Arena.