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March 18, 2012

Around the Horn with ... Brian Pinho, St. John's Prep hockey

North Andover has produced a slew of top hockey players over the years and St. John's Prep junior Brian Pinho is on pace to be included with those luminaries.

Pinho admitted, "Hockey is my life."

With 18 goals and 26 assists this year, Pinho is a strong candidate for All-Scholastic honors.

Before the Prep was ousted Wednesday in the Super 8 tourney semifinals, Pinho talked about being a quad-captain as a junior and his relationship with record-breaking graduate Colin Blackwell in this Week's Around the Horn.

It must be pretty exciting as you've advance to the Super 8 Final 4? "Definitely. We were there last year. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully we can get back to the Garden."

What's been your favorite personal athletic achievement? "Getting the amount of points I did this year (he finished with 18 goals, 26 assists)."

How did you end up at St. John's? "I was looking at some prep schools. My brother went to Lawrence Academy and then he transferred to St. John's. I went to a few hockey games and liked the atmosphere. My brother's good friends with Colin Blackwell (the ex-Prep great from North Andover). He just told me how much he loved it as a hockey player. I visited the school and it was a great school. It's worked out really well."

What's the story of North Andover's Pino and Pinho families? "We used to be neighbors! They moved a couple years ago. I'm best friends with Nick Pino. He's a junior at North Andover."

Are you hearing from any colleges? "I've heard from a lot. But I'm not focused on that right now. Just hopefully winning the Super 8 then I can look around."

Can you play Division 1? "That's what I hope. I've been dreaming of it since 8-years old. If I get the opportunity, that would be great."

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