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Updated: February 13th, 2013 6:33pm
Andrew Brunette retires from NHL, joins Wild's front office

Andrew Brunette retires from NHL, joins Wild's front office

by Judd Zulgad
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Longtime Minnesota Wild forward Andrew Brunette has joined the franchise as its hockey operations advisor.

Brunette will assist general manager Chuck Fletcher in all aspects of the team's hockey operations including scouting, free agent signings and helping with the evaluation and development of prospects at all levels of the organization.

The 39-year-old had 733 points, including 268 goals, in 1,110 games during a 16-season NHL career. Brunette played in 1,048 regular-season games from 1998 through 2012, the most of any NHL player during that time. He appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game as a member of the Wild on Feb. 1, 2011 vs. Los Angeles.

In six seasons and two stints with the Wild, (2001-04 and 2008-11), Brunette had 321 points (119 goals) in 489 games. He ranks second in franchise history in goals and power-play goals (55), fourth in points, assists (202) and game-winning goals (16) and fifth in games played.

Brunette scored the most memorable goal in the Wild's history when he beat Patrick Roy in Game 7 of the 200 Western Conference quarterfinals to elimiate the heavily favored Colorado Avalance.

A seventh-round pick of Washington in 1993, Brunette spent parts of three seasons in Washington (1995-98), one with the Nashville Predators, (1998-99), two with the Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2001) and three with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08) before finishing his playing career with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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