ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Andrew Brunette, who played in the ECHL with Hampton Roads as a rookie. Louisiana is the ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.
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 30-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 last season.
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.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze.