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ST. PAUL, Minn. Andrew Brunette helped the Minnesota Wild for six seasons as a gritty forward willing to do the dirty work down low and along the boards. Now, he will try to help the team by finding players who compete the same way.
Brunette, 39, announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NHL and Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said he will join the organization as an advisor for the hockey operations department and assist in scouting, free-agent signings and helping with the evaluation and development of the team's prospects.
Brunette, a former seventh-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in the 1993 NHL draft, scored 268 goals and passed out 465 assists in his career, including 119 goals and 202 assists as a member of the Wild. He ranks second in goals and power-play goals (55), fourth in points (321), assists and game-winning goals (16), and fifth in games played (489) in team history.
His most famous goal came in the 2003 Western Conference quarterfinals when he scored in overtime of Game 7 to beat the Colorado Avalanche and clinch Minnesota's first playoff series win.
From 1998-99 through 2011-12, Brunette played in 1,048 regular season games, the most of any NHL player during that time. He played his 1,000th career games as a member of the Wild on Feb. 1, 2011 in his second three-year stint with the club.
Brunette also played for Washington, the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Colorado and the Chicago Blackhawks during his career.
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook accidentally scored an own goal during the second period of Tuesday night's NHL game at the United Center against the Anaheim Ducks.
It happened in the second period as Seabrook was blocking a pass sent through the goal crease from Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf to his teammate Corey Perry. Unfortunately, Seabrook knocked the puck past...
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Well, due to technical difficulties, there will be no pre-game report as per usual. However, Iâd like to share with you why I think the hiring of Wes Walz and Andrew Brunette (two of my favoirte Wild players) by the Minnesota Wild front office are both good hirings.
Walz was such a work horse. A blue collar sort of player and could skate like the wind. In the playoffs...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Learning how to handle the grind of this lockout-shortened NHL season is one of the most difficult challenges teams will face, a constant trial-and-error in regard to travel and practice time, when to work players and when to rest them.
The Minnesota Wild travel more than any team in the NHL this year. Minnesota planned on changing its travel habits, possibly staying...
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Tonight, the Minnesota Wild play in their third set of back-to-back games. Having already swept their first two back-to-back challenges this season, the Wild look to improve to 6-0-0 in that category before returning home to Minnesota for a Valentineâs Day match against the Colorado Avalanche. This season, the Wild will play a total of nine sets of back-to-back games including...
Minnesota Wild (6-6-1) 13pts (2nd in the Northwest)
1.92 Goals For per game (29th in the NHL)
2.46 Goals Against per game (9th in the NHL)
21st ranked Power Play (16%)
7th ranked Penalty Kill (84.4%)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 6G 4A = 10pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 2G 7A = 9pts
3. #77 Tom Gilbert ~ 3G 4A = 7pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 7A...
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Two points were up for grabs to whoever won the game, but the more important two points were the ones that would vault Henrik Sedin over Markus Naslund for the all-time franchise lead.
The Sedin’s and Alex Burrows tried valiantly all game to make history, but were denied by a stingy rookie and some bad puck luck.
The Canucks though were good enough to grab...
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The Blackhawks picked up a point last night against a very strong Western team, the Anaheim Ducks, remaining unbeaten in regulation.
They weren't outworked or outchanced, but they were lucky to get the point.
Rookie Brandon Saad's sheer athleticism was on display in the second period when he launched a shot in mid-air that counted as a goal...