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.
Pinho is a raw talent with tons of offensive skills and a promising outlook. While he is a bit undersized at 6’0” and 170, 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. He needs to get stronger and work on the defensive aspects of the game most importantly.
Brian has been a standout in the Massachusetts high school scene for several years running now and will move on to the USHL for 2013-14, and the NCAA for 2014-15. He’s committed to play for the Indiana Ice and Providence College respectively and the Capitals can look forward to a steady development against stronger opponents once he hits the NCAA.