Tom Poti was born March 22, 1977 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 4th choice, 59th overall selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Poti is a graduate of the MBAHL's Mass Central Chiefs.
Prior to joining Boston University in 1996-97, the Worcester, MA native played High School hockey at St. Peter's Marian High before transferring to Cushing Academy in 1993-94. As both a junior and senior, Poti was voted Best Defenceman in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference, and was an NEPSAC All-Star both years, leading his team to the NEPSAC tournament title during his senior year.
In his final year at Cushing Academy, Poti was selected as a member of the US World Junior Team that captured the silver medal at the 1996 World Junior Championships held in Boston, MA and captured several other individual awards before joining BU in the fall of 1996.
In his freshman year at BU, Poti earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors and led the Terriers to the NCAA Championship over North Dakota. Even though they fell short in their attempt to capture the NCAA title, the Terriers defenceman was recognized for his strong play throughout the tournament earning NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team honors.
As a sophomore, Poti captured Hockey East First Team All-Star honors and was an NCAA East First Team All-American while representing the U.S. for the second time at the World Junior Championships before leaving BU at the end of the season.
After two stellar seasons with the Terriers, Poti made his NHL debut with the Oilers in 1998-99 and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Poti spent three full seasons with Edmonton before he was dealt to the New York Rangers at the trade deadline in 2002.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Poti helped the U.S. capture a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. During the 2002-03 season, Poti went on to establish at the time a career high in points with 48. Coming off a seasonal best, Poti and the Rangers struggled in 2003-04. The former BU star saw his season limited to 67 games, as he suffered timely injuries throughout the season.
In the summer of 2006, As a member of the Islanders, Tom Poti recorded a career-high 38 assists in 78 games played while averaging 25 minutes of ice time per game. Poti helped stabilize the Islander power player by tallying 32 points and was essential in the club's drive to the playoffs. Poti's 44 points during the season marked his second-best offensive season in the league.
In the off-season Tom Poti's stint with the Islanders came to an end as the free agent defenseman signed a four-year contract with the Washington Capitals.