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Andrew Brunette
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Brunette with the Colorado Avalanche in 2007
Born (1973-08-24) August 24, 1973 (age 50)
Valley East, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators
Atlanta Thrashers
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
Chicago Blackhawks
Current NHL coach Nashville Predators
Coached for Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 174th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1993–2012
Coaching career 2014–present

Andrew D. Brunette (born August 24, 1973) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player who is the head coach for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a player, Brunette played over 1,100 career games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks between 1996 and 2012. He previously served as interim head coach for the Florida Panthers, as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils, and as the Wild's assistant general manager.

Playing career

Brunette grew up in the small community of Valley East, Ontario, just outside Sudbury. He played much of his minor hockey career with the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA).

After a solid Midget season in 1989–90, Brunette was selected in the seventh round of the 1990 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Owen Sound Platers. He was an OHL teammate of future NHLers Kirk Maltby, Scott Walker, Kevin Weekes, and Jamie Storr.

Brunette played for the Platers for three seasons between 1990 and 1993 and scored 295 points in 195 games, winning the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (the league scoring title) in 1993. He was subsequently drafted by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round, 174th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

After being drafted, he played for the Hampton Roads Admirals in the ECHL before moving to the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played for two more teams that season: Providence Bruins and Portland Pirates. Brunette stayed with the Pirates until 1998 but was called up by the Capitals for the first time in the 1995–96 season and played 11 NHL games. Over the following few seasons, he played 51 more games for Washington before being selected in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft by the Nashville Predators. Notably, he scored the Predators' first-ever goal.

After playing in the inaugural 1998–99 season for the Predators, he moved to the newly created Atlanta Thrashers and played two seasons there before moving to the Minnesota Wild in the 2001–02 NHL season. Brunette scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Colorado Avalanche on April 22, 2003, the final game of Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy's career. Brunette stayed with the Wild until 2004 and signed as a free agent for the Colorado Avalanche after the 2004–05 lockout.

He scored the series-clinching goal for the Avalanche on April 30, 2006, against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals. 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. Brunette scored his 500th NHL career point on October 26, 2007, against the Calgary Flames. He played three consecutive full 82-game seasons with the Avalanche.

Brunette signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2008, to begin a second stint with the club. On October 9, he was named an alternate captain alongside Mikko Koivu.

Brunette was highly regarded for his physical durability and consistency, qualities which allowed him to play in 509 consecutive games without having to sit out due to injury from 2002 to 2009. However, he was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee but insisted on finishing the 2008–09 season before having surgery in the off-season.

On July 1, 2011, Brunette signed a one-year, $2 million with the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2011–12 season, Brunette, in a reduced role, recorded a career-low in points with 27 in 78 games.

With the 2012–13 NHL lockout and limited NHL interest as a free agent upon the resumption of the shortened 2012–13 season, on February 13, 2013, Brunette announced his retirement from his playing career and that he would rejoin the Minnesota Wild organization as its hockey operations advisor.

Coaching career

Brunette was an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild for two seasons from the 2014–15 season and served as the Wild's assistant general manager until the conclusion of the 2018–19 season. On June 4, 2019, he joined the Florida Panthers as an assistant coach on head coach Joel Quenneville's staff. On October 29, 2021, Brunette was named the interim head coach of the Panthers after head coach Quenneville resigned on October 28. Following the Panthers getting swept by the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, there was much uncertainty about Brunette's future as head coach. On June 22, 2022, the Panthers announced that Paul Maurice would be the next head coach of the franchise. Brunette was offered a significant position within the organization, but ultimately decided to leave for an assistant position with the New Jersey Devils.

After one season in New Jersey, Brunette was named head coach of the Nashville Predators, whom he had previously played for, on May 31, 2023.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Rayside-Balfour Canadians NOJHL 4 1 1 2 0
1989–90 Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats GNML 32 38 65 103 20
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 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 20 12 18 30 32 7 7 6 13 18
1993–94 Providence Bruins AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 23 9 11 20 10 2 0 1 1 0
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 79 30 50 80 53 7 3 3 6 10
1995–96 Portland Pirates AHL 69 28 66 94 125 20 11 18 29 15
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 11 3 3 6 0 6 1 3 4 0
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL 50 22 51 73 48 5 1 2 3 0
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 23 4 7 11 12
1997–98 Portland Pirates AHL 43 21 46 67 64 10 1 11 12 12
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 28 11 12 23 12
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 77 11 20 31 26
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 23 27 50 30
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 77 15 44 59 26
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 21 48 69 18
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 28 46 20 18 7 6 13 4
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 34 49 12
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 24 39 63 48 9 3 6 9 8
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 27 56 83 36
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 19 40 59 14 10 5 3 8 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 22 28 50 18
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 25 36 61 12
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 28 46 16
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 12 15 27 4 6 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 1,110 268 465 733 314 49 17 18 35 14

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
FLA 2021–22 75 51 18 6 108 1st in Atlantic 4 6 .400 Lost in second round (TBL)
FLA total 75 51 18 6     4 6 .400 1 playoff appearance
NSH 2023–24 82 47 30 5 99 4th in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in first round (VAN)
NSH total 82 47 30 5     2 4 .333 1 playoff appearance
Total 157 98 48 11     6 10 .333 2 playoff appearances

See also

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  • List of NHL players with 1,000 games played
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