2010-11: Brian Pinho skated for the varsity team at Massachusetts’ St. John’s Prep as a sophomore and appeared in six games with the Valley Junior Warriors in the Empire League. St. John’s reached the finals of the 2011 Super 8 tournament; falling to Malden Catholic in overtime. Skating for the Junior Warriors, Pinho scored 4 goals with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Pinho was a co-captain for St. John’s Prep as a junior and also skated for the Valley Junior Warriors U18 team. Skating on a line with Blues’ prospect and current Boston University forward Sam Kurker, Pinho scored 18 goals with 26 assists in 24 games. St. John’s Prep was undefeated in pool play but lost to BC High, 3-2, in the semifinal in the 2012 Super 8 tournament. Pinho had 10 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Junior Warriors U18 team. He was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp.
2012-13: Pinho committed to playing college hockey at Providence College in 2014-15 in September before skating for St. John’s Prep as a senior. He scored 15 goals with 27 assists in 24 games. St. John’s was the top-seeded team heading into the Super 8 playoffs. Austin Prep upset St. John’s 2-1 in the semifinals. Ranked 109th amongst North American skaters, Pinho was selected by Washington in the sixth round (174th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Pinho skated for the USHL Clark Cup champion Indiana Ice. The team’s second-leading scorer behind Penn State recruit Scott Conway, he scored 28 goals with 28 assists and was +29 with 21 penalty minutes. The Ice won 42 of 60 regular season games in finishing first in the Eastern Conference and rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Indiana defeated Waterloo, 3-2, in the decisive fifth game of the Clark Cup finals. Pinho scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with no penalties in 12 playoff games.
Pinho is a raw talent with tons of offensive skills and a promising outlook. Still maturing in terms of size and strength, his skating, vision, passing, and puck handling are above average. He can quarterback a powerplay unit and has the innate ability to slow the play down whenever the puck hits his stick. Pinho needs to get stronger and work on the defensive aspects of the game but should likely address both of these areas during his college career.
Pinho is a freshman at Providence College in 2014-15. Playing primarily as a right wing in his first season of college hockey, he is among the team leaders in assists on a Friars team that has been one of the top teams in Hockey East. Long-term Pinho is likely use most of his NCAA eligibility developing his game and adding the physical strength and bulk necessary to compete in pro hockey. He projects as an effective middle line play-making forward at the NHL level one day.