Brett Bruneteau
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Brett Bruneteau


San Francisco California

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4th round (108th overall), 2007


183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2006-07: Brett Bruneteau skated in 55 games for the Omaha Lancers in his second USHL season. He scored 12 goals with 28 assists and was plus-10 with 55 penalty minutes. The Lancers finished first in the West Division but were upset in the first round of the playoffs. Bruneteau had 1 assist and was minus-one with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Bruneteau committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota in 2008-09 and was selected by Washington in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

2007-08: After being traded from Omaha to Indiana over the summer, Bruneteau began the year with the Ice; appearing in 14 games and scoring 1 goal with 7 assists and going plus-1 with 8 penalty minutes. In November he was traded to Des Moines in exchange for defenseman and fellow North Dakota recruit Ben Blood. Limited to 21 games with the Buccaneers due to injury, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was minus-11 with 13 penalty minutes. Des Moines finished last in the West Division.

2008-09: Bruneteau returned to the USHL rather than beginning his college career and skated for Des  Moines in his fourth USHL season. He was one of the few veterans on a young Buccaneers squad that would finish with the league's second-worst record.  The 19-year-old was the team's third-leading scorer with 15 goals and 28 assists and was minus-22 with 65 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Bruneteau played in 27 games for North Dakota as a freshman. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-two with 6 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux captured the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy playoff championship after finishing fourth during the regular season and faced Yale in the NCAA tournament.

2010-11: Bruneteau appeared in just four games for the Fighting Sioux in his sophomore season. He had no points nor penalty minutes. Bruneteau completed his degree at North Dakota and announced he was transferring to Vermont, where he would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.

2011-12: Bruneteau joined his younger brother Nick Bruneteau, a sophomore defenseman, at the University of Vermont. He skated in 33 of 34 games for the Catamounts, scoring 4 goals with 6 assists, and as minus-15 with 25 penalty minutes. Vermont finished last in Hockey East; winning just six games.

2012-13: Bruneteau skated in 33 games for Vermont in his senior season. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -6 with 14 penalty minutes. The Catamounts finished tied with Maine for seventh in Hockey East and lost to Boston College in a Hockey East quarterfinal series. Bruneteau was not signed to a contract by Washington in August 2013: becoming an unrestricted free agent.



Bruneteau was not tendered a contract by the Washington Capitals prior to the 2013-14 season, and currently is not playing pro hockey.


A European History of the Philadelphia Flyers (Part 2 of 7)

by Bill Meltzer

Part II: Early Inroads in Europe

While it is true that the Flyers early relations with players and officials in the major European hockey countries were often strained and sometimes downright hostile, the organization also has a parallel history of being surprisingly progressive in recognizing that the European continent had a lot to offer the NHL.
Often lost amidst the recounting of the bitter rivalry with the Soviets during the 1970s is the fact that Fred Shero, the Broad Street Bullies era coach of the Flyers, was a dedicated student of Russian hockey. Even during the days when the Iron Curtain was firmly in place, Shero was able to travel to Russia during the offseason to study the Soviet style of play and meet with Tarasov. Shero and Tarasov developed a strong admiration for one another and spent a good deal of time together, comparing notes on their respective hockey philosophies. Shero borrowed ideas on practice methods and game tactics from the Soviets and adapted them to be useful in an NHL setting. For example, Shero brought back from Moscow a three man passing drill which simultaneously utilized three pucks, rather than one.
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A European History of the Philadelphia Flyers (Part 1 of 7)

by Bill Meltzer

Although often portrayed as an organization that turns its back on the European talent pool in the top rounds of the NHL draft and is less patient with young European players in the organization than with North American prospects, the Philadelphia Flyers actually have one of the more complex histories in regard to tapping in to the European talent pool. For a quarter century, the Flyers have had a love-hate relationship with the hockey countries on the other side of the Atlantic. While the Flyers carried open enmity toward the former Soviet hockey machine for a longer period of time than with many other NHL teams, the organization showed itself to be progressive-thinking in other regards, both in Russia and throughout the rest of hockey-playing Europe.

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Maple Leafs’ Prospects: Mirko Murovic: A Man Named “Slinky”

by pbadmin

“He has a way of working along the boards in tight spaces, turning his body every which way to get a hand, an arm, his stick, free from the defenseman and to the puck to obtain possession.” “Mirko’s uncanny ability to come up with the puck in tight quarters have earned him the nickname, ‘Slinky’, ” states Frantz Bergevin-Jean, Moncton’s Director of Communications and assistant coach. “He is just super off the puck, working it free along the boards to help to start a scoring chance”. “He never hestitates to do the dirty work in the corners or in front of the net”, he adds.

Born in Montreal, but also a citizen of Switzerland, Mirko has made a name for himself as a tough, 2-way forward for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL the last 2 seasons. He was named the team’s rookie of the year in the 97-98 season after scoring 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 pts. in 54 games. He followed that up with 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 pts. in 69 games in 98-99. He added an assist in 4 playoff games against Rimouski. “We are looking forward to a big year from Mirko in 99-00″, says Bergevin-Jean, “He will have a bigger role on the team as an 18 yr. old, particularly as a leader this seaon”, he adds. “He will undoubtedly play on one of our top two lines this year”, he says.

Mirko slowly rose the ladder this past year as he was ranked 84th by CSB at their mid-term ranking and ended up the 67th-ranked North American skater by the end of the season. He played for Team Orr in the annual prospects games and had an assist.
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Kings Defensive Prospects

by pbadmin

The LA Kings started the 1998-99 season amid optimism for a breakout season. The backbone of that potential was what then-coach Larry Robinson called “one of the best defensive corps in the NHL.” While that may have been an overstatement, the fact remained that the Kings were deep at defense. A year later, Robinson is gone, as well as the deep defensive corps. Steve Duchesne was a bust, Garry Galley’s effort has been called into question, Doug Bodger has been told to seek employment elsewhere and promising young defenseman Aki Berg is no closer to signing with the club. Add to that the fact that Matthieu Biron, the club’s top pick last year, was sent to the Island in the Ziggy Pallfy trade, and we’re looking at some major depletion here… The Kings still have solid NHL defensemen in Rob Blake, Mattias Norstrom and an improving Sean O’Donnell, but still lack depth. Phillippe Boucher, Jaroslav Modry and Garry Galley round out the experienced defensemen on the NHL roster. The result is that one or two of the following players will need to make the club this season, and the other young defensemen in the system will need to mature quickly.
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ECHL League News

by pbadmin

It’s been quite the off-season so far on the “Coast”. Here’s a look at the teams making the news:

Arkansas RiverBlades: The RiverBlades are readying for their inaugural season, and have named Geoff Ward as their first head coach.
Ward lead the Guelph Storm ( WHL ) to a 44-22-2 record last season.
The ‘Blades will not only be battling their ECHL opponents on the ice, they will be competing against the WPHL’s Arkansas Glaciercats off the ice. The teams will share home dates 11 times. The Riverblades will call the new Alltel Arena home.
Arkansas took Rob Weingartner ( Louisiana ) with their first pick in the Expansion draft, and Richard Keyes ( Columbus ) in the Dispersal draft.

Birmingham Bulls: Head Coach Dennis Desrosiers will not leave the Bulls to coach the Saginaw UHL club, as rumored. Desrosiers had an escape clause in his contract , but it passed with out event.
Signed: Kory Mullin will return for his forth season with the Bulls. Injuries hindered the offensive minded defenseman last year.
Mullin was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993.

Charlotte Checkers: Head coach Shawn Wheeler has been earning his off-season paycheck by signing his goaltending tandem, and putting several players in place weeks before training camp even starts!
Signed: Goaltenders Taras Lendzyk ( Charlotte ) and Jim Hrivnak Defensemen: Brooke Chateau ( Florida, Charlotte ), and Rocky Wesling ( Northern Michigan, 1994 Ducks draft pick) ) Forwards: Van Burgess and Mike Rucinski ( Florida, Charlotte ) Read more»