Andrew Brunette Retires, Gets Hired By The Wild

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The Minnesota Wild has brought a fan favorite back to the organization and into the front office, naming Andrew Brunette as the new Hockey Operations Adviser after announcing his retirement today.

Brunette was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round, 174th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. During his NHL career, he collected 268 goals and 733 points , 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 time frame, missing only 18 contests.

Playing with the Colorado Avalanche, the 2006–07 was his best individual season, averaging over a point per game for his first time in the NHL, playing on a line with superstar centre Joe Sakic. Andrew Brunette scored his 500th NHL career point on October 26, 2007 against the Calgary Flames. Brunette played three consecutive full 82 game seasons with the Avs, adding more proof that he was a great, durable forward in the NHL.  Brunette spent parts of three seasons in Washington (1995-98), one with the Nashville Predators where he scored the first goal in franchise history (1998-99), two with the Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2001) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08) before finishing his playing career with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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