When he first put on his VJW jersey back when he was a squirt, Brian Pinho never imagined that he would someday be wearing the colors of a Division I powerhouse.
Fast forward to this past week and Pinho is celebrating his decision to accept a hockey scholarship to Providence College.
“I just really wanted to play Hockey East. It’s been a dream of mine
since I was a kid,” said Pinho to the Eagle Tribune; “It’s a great
school with a great business program and a hockey team that’s on the way
up. It’s everything I wanted.”
Pinho began his VJW career when he was just a squirt major. He
continued to develop over the years and was part of the successful 1995
team - led by head coach Bill Franzese
- that not only advanced to USA Hockey Nationals in 1998 (see team
photo above), but they also collected four New England Hockey League
(NEHL) titles in a six-year span.
Joining Pinho on that '95 Elites squad was another familiar name in the collegiate circles - Shane Eiserman,
a 2014 University of New Hampshire recruit who earlier this summer
completed another successful performance at a USA Hockey Camp.
Following the team's 1998 national-bound year, the Warriors went on -
in 1999 - to capture another NEHL title during a memorable season in
which the Warriors posted a 28-0-1 record and scored 185 goals and
allowed just 44 during that 29-game stretch.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)