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Andrew Brunette

Andrew Brunette

Team Number: 15
Birth Date: 08/24/1973
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210lbs.
Position: Forward
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Andrew Brunette sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Born in 1973, Andrew Brunette is now one of the old-timers on the Minnesota Wild hockey team. In fact, just one other player, Owen Nolan, has an earlier birthday by a year. What Andrew Brunette may lack in youthful pep, he makes up for in consistentcy and he has rich experience with many teams and fellow players in the NHL.

Andrew Brunette started his NHL years in 1995 with the Washington Captials. He played for a season and scored three goals. The next year, he bounced down into the AHL on the Portland Pirates for a couple seasons and then rebounded into the NHL and has remained at that level of pro hockey play ever since.

In the 1999-2000 season, Andrew Brunette took a leap of faith and played with a new start-up, the Atlanta Thrashers. It worked out for two seasons and then he moved on to an equally new team—the Minnesota Wild. He is best remembered that season for scoring the game winning goal in overtime at the Western Conference Quarterfinals. He liked the Minnesota Wild so much that he ended up sticking around to 2004 before signing up with the Colorado Avalanche. Andrew Brunette’s 2007-2008 season was memorable because he scored his 500th NGL point.

Whether it was the Xcel or a chance to play with then-head coach Jacques Lemaire, Andrew Brunette heard the voice of the Minnesota Wild calling him back. On July 1, 2008, Brunette made it official with a $7 million, three-year contract.

If he’s the “grandpa” of the team, you can sure bet that this guy has great heart. Case in point: even with a painful, torn ACL in his right knee, Andrew Brunette persevered in his playing and refused to have surgery until the slow 2009 off-season. With that kind of spirit, Andrew Brunette’s recovery will be positive and build him back up for a strong 2009-2010 season. Let’s go Wild!

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