2004-05: Played in 32 games with six helpers Led MSU with 73 penalty minutes Tied for second on the squad at +15 rating Missed eight straight games (Oct. 15-Nov. 6) with a shoulder injury sustained in exhibition win over Toronto (Oct. 10) Received MSU's Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award for a second-straight year First point of the season with an assist on State's first goal vs. Michigan (Nov. 20) Missed the Dec. 4 game at Bowling Green after receiving a 5-minute major for punching after the whistle and a game DQ on Dec. 3 Registered an assist in 8-0 win over Lake Superior (Jan. 21) Third helper of season in State's 6-3 win over Ohio State (Feb. 18) Missed almost the entire Feb. 19 game vs. Ohio State with a hip pointer Registered an assist on State's second goal in 5-4 OT win over Miami (March 12) Career-best two assists in 5-0 blanking of Nebraska-Omaha (March 17) in CCHA Super Six Quarterfinals.
2003-04: Played in 38 games with eight assists Earned MSU's Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championships, marking the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. Missed the GLI and NMU series playing at the World Junior Championships First point of the season was on MSU's third goal vs. Findlay (Oct. 10) Assisted on Adam Nightingale's game winner in 4-2 win at Ferris State (Nov. 1) Drew lone assist on game-winning goal in 2-0 blanking of Michigan (Dec. 6) Set up MSU's first goal in 3-2 loss to UMass-Lowell (Jan. 10) Tallied an assist on MSU's second goal in 3-0 win at Ohio State (Jan. 24) Set up A.J. Thelen's game-tying goal with 15 seconds left in 5-4 overtime loss at Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 14) Recorded an assist on MSU's fifth goal in 5-0 blanking of UNO (Feb. 21) Drew an assist on State's first goal in 6-4 win vs. Ferris State (March 12).
2002-03: Played in 35 games with 4-4--8 totals Three of his four goals were game winners Netted game-winning goal against Colgate (Oct. 12) to give MSU its first win of the season Registered power play tally vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 24) Missed the Wisconsin (Nov. 30) and Ferris State (Dec. 6-7) contests after suffering a shoulder injury in the first period at Minnesota (Nov. 29) Tallied a pair of assists vs. LSSU (Jan. 4), marking his first points since a goal vs. LSSU (Oct. 24) Tallied game-winning marker in 5-3 win vs. Michigan (Feb. 15) -- his marker since scoring vs. Lake Superior (Oct. 24) Tallied game-winning goal for the second straight week vs. Northern Michigan (Feb. 21) Drew an assist on MSU's first goal in 11-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (March 14) and finished game with a +4 plus/minus ranking.
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two years (2000-02) with the U.S. National Under-18 Team Member of Team USA which captured the Under-18 World Championship in March 2002 Registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 66 games in 2001-02 Played for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team in 2000 and the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2001 Won a Gold Medal at the 2000 World Under-17 Challenge in Nova Scotia Teammate of current Spartan David Booth for one year on the U.S. National Team Prior to the U.S. National Team, played for Detroit Honeybaked which captured the 1997 and 1999 National Championship.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 5, 1984 Majoring in human resources Enjoys golf, snowboarding, dirtbikes and roller hockey Graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Nickname is "Potsy" or "Pots" Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings Favorite NHL player: Nicholas Lidstrom Admires Bobby Orr, since he was a great hockey player and leader who set many records and inspired hockey players all over the U.S. Son of Gary and Dianne Potter Says his parents are his biggest hockey influence because "they always push me to succeed and get better" Drafted by New York Rangers in the fourth round (No. 122 overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Career Statistics YEAR GP G A PTS +/- PIM 2002-03 35 4 4 8 +10 15-30 2003-04 38 0 8 8 +2 22-63 2004-05 32 0 6 6 +15 31-73 2005-06 45 4 18 22 +8 34-117 TOTALS 150 8 36 44 +35 102-283