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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