Andrew Brunette Announces Retirement; Now added To Wild Front Office
The Minnesota Wild has brought a fan favorite back to the organization and into the front office.
The Wild has named Andrew Brunette Hockey Operations Advisor.
In his new role with the Wild, Brunette will assist General Manager Chuck Fletcher in all aspects of the teamís hockey operations including scouting, free agent signings and helping with the evaluation and development of prospects at all levels of the organization.
Brunette collected 733 points (268-465=733), including 114 power-play goals and 32 game-winning goals, as well as 314 penalty minutes in 1,110 games during his 16-year career. From 1998-99 thru 2011-12, he played in 1,048 regular season games, the most of any NHL player during that timeframe, missing only 18 contests. Brunette appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game as a member of the Wild on Feb. 1, 2011 vs. Los Angeles.
In six seasons with Minnesota (2001-04, 2008-11), the native of Sudbury, Ont., compiled 321 points (119-202=321) in 489 contests. Brunette ranks second in franchise history in goals and power-play goals (55), fourth in points, assists and game-winning goals (16) and fifth in games played. He tallied 35 points (17-18=35) in 49 playoff matches and scored the overtime goal in Game 7 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Colorado Avalanche to clinch the Wildís first playoff series win.
Talk about underrated player. Every year in my fantasy league I would avoid him thinking he couldn't keep putting up points like that at his age and he kept proving me wrong. Have a nice retirement Mr. Brunette. You deserves it!
I'm not sure if a bad skater has ever done better than Brunette has. Amazing career.
I honestly can't think of a single physical skill that Brunette really had. Skating, shooting, passing, size...nothing that screams NHL top six player, much less someone who played over a thousand games and as many points as he did. Made the absolute most of his physical skills, a damn fine career for a guy who looked like a career minor-leaguer at one point and even played in the ECHL.