BEVERLY, MA — A month after making his National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoff debut, Beverly's Brian Pinho was rewarded with a new contract with the Washington Capitals.
The club announced on Thursday it re-signed the former St. John's Prep star to a two-year deal that could be worth up to $1.45 million.
Pinho got the postseason call in the NHL's Toronto playoff bubble last month in Game 3 of the first round series against the New York Islanders. He became the fifth player in franchise history to make his debut in the playoffs on Aug. 16.
Pinho has a two-way contract for next season with which he will make $725,000 annually while with the Capitals and $125,000 while with the American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey. His 2021-2022 is a full NHL contract at $750,000.
Pinho played the bulk of the past two seasons in Hershey where he has piled up 24 goals and 25 assists in 135 career games. This season, he had 20 goals and 17 assists in 62 games before the AHL season was cut short due to the coronavirus health crisis. Unlike the NHL, the AHL season did not resume after it was halted in March.
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Pinho had 17 even-strength goals and had the second highest plus-minus on the team at +16. He was one of two Bears to play in all 62 regular season games.