It's been a long time coming but Caps fans may be soon cheering on defenseman Brian Pothier who's been recalled from the Hershey Bears. A fan favorite, Pothier has been out of commission since suffering a debilitating concussion on January 3, 2008, courtesy of the Boston Bruins' big boy Milan Lucic. It's been a long road to recovery for Brian and this is fabulous news for him, his family and the team.
From the team press release:
Pothier recently completed a four-game conditioning stint with the Bears and is available to make his season debut with the Capitals tomorrow night in Atlanta, the same city where he made his NHL debut nearly eight years ago (April 3, 2001, as a Thrasher).
The 6’0”, 200-pound native of New Bedford, Mass., is a veteran of seven NHL seasons and has compiled 100 points (20 goals, 80 assists) in 292 career games. In his only full season with the Capitals, 2006-07, he led all club defensemen in points (28) and assists (25) and led the team in ice time (23:59 per game) while appearing in 72 games.
Also recalled was young goalie phenom Simeon Varlamov.
Should Pothier see a return to action against the Thrashers tomorrow, I know HM along with Caps fans united will be cheering to see him healthy and for the boost he gives to the blueline!