By John McGourty
NHL.com Staff Writer
Colorado Avalanche and former ECHL left wing Andrew Brunette comes to play every night.
No, really! No cliché here. Brunette has played in every one of his teams’ games since Jan. 2, 2002, when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild. And that was the only game he missed in 2002.
If he can maintain his streak through the end of the regular season, Brunette will have played in 453 consecutive NHL games. He has missed only 12 games in his 12-year career.
And a productive career it has been. Brunette is a big-bodied grinder who has gotten most of his 189 career goals from, in his words, “around, in front of, and behind the net.”
In the 13 seasons they’ve been playing in Denver, the Colorado Avalanche never have had a winner of the Masterton Trophy, which is named for the leader of the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team that won two consecutive NCAA titles in 1961-62, Bill Masterton. The trophy rewards perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, qualities Brunette has in spades.