Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andrew Brunette
A slick playmaking left-winger, Andrew Brunette was given an opportunity to shine as a result of the NHL expansion in the late 1990s. After excelling with the Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers, he signed with the Minnesota Wild prior to the 2001-02 season.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Brunette starred in the NOHA with Rayside-Balfour before joining the OHL's Owen Sound Platers. He developed into an offensive force and was chosen 174th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1993 after leading the OHL with 62 goals and 162 points.

Brunette spent most of his first four pro seasons in the minors but played fairly well when recalled by the Caps. In 1995-96, he was one of the top draws in the AHL when he scored 125 points for the Portland Pirates.

The young forward played his first full NHL season in 1998-99 after he was taken by the Nashville Predators in the Expansion Draft. He scored 31 points and was a solid defensive player for the respectable club before finding himself traded to the expansion Atlanta Thrashers. Brunette was given more offensive responsibilities and responded with 50 points. The next year, he recorded 44 assists on the improved club and was its most effective worker down low and along the boards. Brunette opted to join his third expansion club in four years in the off-season and has been counted on to provide offense on a defence oriented team and has not disapointed in the team's first two seasons leading them to their first playoff birth in 2003.

In 2003-04, Brunette played in his 500th career game and surpassed the 300 point plateau before being acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2005. Through three seasons in Colorado, Brunette managed to appear in every game and he established new career highs in goals (27) assists (56) and points (83) in 2006-07. His final season in Colorado was in 2007-08 when after an early playoff exit, Brunette signed in the off-season with his former club in Minnesota.

Brunette continued to be a consistent scorer in his second go around with the Wild. In 2008-09 he notched 50 points and followed that up with campaigns of 61 and 46 points respectively in the following two seasons.

In the summer of 2011, Brunette was once again an unrestricted free agent. This time he inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats NOHA 32 38 65 103
1989-90 Rayside-Balfour Canadians NOJHA 4 1 1 2 0
1990-91 Owen Sound Platers OHL 63 15 20 35 15
1991-92 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 51 47 98 42 5 5 0 5 8
1992-93 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 62 100 162 91 8 8 6 14 16
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 23 9 11 20 10 2 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 20 12 18 30 32 7 7 6 13 18
1994-95 Portland Pirates AHL 79 30 50 80 53 7 3 3 6 10
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 11 3 3 6 0 +5 6 1 3 4 0
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 69 28 66 94 125 20 11 18 29 15
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 23 4 7 11 12 -3
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 50 22 51 73 48 5 1 2 3 0
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 28 11 12 23 12 +2
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 43 21 46 67 64 -17 10 1 11 12 12
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 77 11 20 31 26 -10
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 23 27 50 30 -32
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 77 15 44 59 26 -5
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 21 48 69 18 -4
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 28 46 30 -10 18 7 6 13 4
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 34 49 12 +3
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 24 39 63 48 +9 9 3 6 9 8
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 27 56 83 36 -8
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 19 40 59 14 +5 10 5 3 8 2
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 22 28 50 18 -5
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 25 36 61 12 -5
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 28 46 16 -7
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 12 15 27 4 -13 6 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 1110 268 465 733 314 49 17 18 35 14


OHL First All-Star Team (1993)
Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (1993)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
Claimed by Nashville from Washington in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Traded to Atlanta by Nashville for Atlanta's 5th round pick (Matt Hendricks) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 21, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 17, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 6, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 1, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, February 13, 2013.
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