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March 18, 2012

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

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How big are you? "Six-foot, 175 pounds."

North Andover has sent so many great players to the Division 1 ranks like the Heinze brothers, Ed Ronan, Ethan Philpott, the Murphy brothers, Moose Foster, Jayson Philbin, Tristan Lush, Brian Bova, Mark Pandolfo, Bobby Farnham, Steve Mastalerz and Colin Blackwell. You and Malden Catholic's Tyler Sifferlen are now getting Division 1 attention. Why is North Andover such a hockey hotbed? "They've done a real good job developing kids when they are younger, North Andover Youth Hockey. The Valley Junior Warriors with Andy Heinze has developed me the most."

What local kids play for St. John's? "Junior Andrew Brandano of North Reading, junior Mark Azarian of Salem, N.H., sophomore Tyler Bird of Andover, sophomore Evan LeClerc of Methuen and senior Nick Pandelena of Atkinson."

What did it mean to be named quad-captain as a junior? "It was a great privilege. It didn't come easy. I had to work for it. We had a lot of new guys so coach wanted me to help the younger guys."

Are you close with Colin Blackwell? "I talk to him a lot. He was like an older brother to me last year. He took me under his wing."

What's been the lowest point of your career? "Just the adversity of people saying St. John's wouldn't be good because we were losing Colin. But the whole team has stepped up."

How are you doing academically? "I'm an honor roll student, I've made it more than half the terms. Definitely this year I've taken it to the next level so I can get looks by the better colleges."

Do you work? "Hockey is basically my life. In the summer I do max development clinic in Wilmington and play in my backyard."

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