DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Avalanche has signed left wing Andrew Brunette, who played in the ECHL with Hampton Roads as a rookie, to a two-year contract. Brunette is set to begin his 10th NHL season after spending his last three seasons with the Minnesota Wild where he played in all but one game for the Wild in that span.
In his first professional season in 1993-94, the 6-1 and 210-pound Brunette scored 30 points (12g-18a) in 20 regular season games and 13 points (7g-6a) in seven playoff games with Hampton Roads. He also played in American Hockey League, scoring 20 points (9g-11a) in 23 regular season games and registering one assist in two playoff games with Portland while also playing in three regular season games with Providence.
In 82 games in 2003-04, the 31-year-old Brunette led the Wild with 34 assists, seven power-play goals and 19 power-play points (7g-12a) and ranked second on the team in scoring with 49 points and in game-winning goals with three. He appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive year and was the only Minnesota player to play every regular season contest in 2003-04.
He scored his 300th career NHL point with a power-play goal at Buffalo on October 28, 2003 and skated in his 500th career NHL game at Colorado on January 4, 2004. Originally selected in the seventh round (174th overall) by Washington in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Brunette has 344 points (121g-223a) and 166 penalty minutes in 542 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, the Nashville Predators, the Atlanta Thrashers and Minnesota.