Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Benoit Brunet
A fine skater and puck handler, left-winger Benoit Brunet followed in the footsteps of Guy Carbonneau by transforming into a strong defensive player after being an explosive scorer in junior and the minors.

The native of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec scored 323 points in three years with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques. He was chosen 27th overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft and spent the majority of his first four years as a pro refining his game in the AHL. Brunet became a solid two-way forward but also continued to produce offensively. In 1988-89, he led the AHL with 76 assists as he and Stephane Lebeau tormented opposing goalkeepers.

Brunet blossomed as a fine all round forward under Jacques Demers in 1992-93. That spring he scored ten points in 20 games while helping the Habs win the Stanley Cup. His play was of a consistent standard right through to the end of the 2000-01 season. The greatest challenge he faced as a pro was a back condition that flared up on a regular basis along with a few other assorted injuries. Brunet was effective when healthy but never played a full slate of games. Nevertheless, his experience, work ethic while battling injuries, and two-way excellence kept him in the good graces of club management until he was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars midway through the 2001-02 season.

After only 32 games with Dallas, Brunet joined the Ottawa Senators in the late stages of the 2001-02 season before calling it a career during the off-season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 71 33 37 70 81 15 5 14 19 33
1985-86 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 5 1 2 3 2
1986-87 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 60 43 67 110 105 6 7 5 12 8
1987-88 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 62 54 89 143 131 10 3 10 13 11
1987-88 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 4 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 73 41 76 117 95 6 2 0 2 4
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 72 32 35 67 82 12 8 7 15 20
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 1 3 4 0 -1
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 24 13 18 31 16 6 5 6 11 2
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 4 6 10 14 +4
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 6 7 9 16 27
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 10 15 25 19 +13 20 2 8 10 8
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 10 20 30 20 +14 7 1 4 5 16
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 7 18 25 16 +7
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 7 8 15 17 -4 3 0 2 2 0
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 2 1 3 6
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 10 13 23 14 +6 4 1 3 4 4
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 12 20 32 61 +11 8 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 14 17 31 31 -1
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 14 15 29 13 +3
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 35 3 11 14 12 -4
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 0 2 2 4 -4
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 32 4 9 13 8 +5
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 5 3 1 4 6 +2
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 5 3 8 0 -4 12 0 3 3 0
NHL Totals 539 101 161 262 229 54 5 20 25 32


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1987)
AHL First All-Star Team (1989)
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. Pittsburgh, December 16, 2000. Traded to Dallas by Montreal with Martin Rucinsky for Donald Audette and Shaun Van Allen, November 21, 2001. Traded to Ottawa by Dallas for Ottawa's 6th round pick (Elias Granath) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 16, 2002.
Officially announced his retirement, October 25, 2002.
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