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.


Go West Young Man! – An Interview with Jere Kolari

by pbadmin

I recently had a chance to interview Jere Kolari, a Finnish, Kuopio born player who is now chasing his dream in WHL playing for the Lethbrigde Hurricanes. Usually it’s players from Russia, Slovakia and Czech reb. who want to make the jump to North-American junior hockey. The Finns and Swedes have traditionally chosen to play in their own junior leagues. Jere made a bold move this past year and left hometown Kuopio. He was drafted in the 1st round of 1999 import draft. This year he’s been plagued with various injuries (concussion, knee) in the preseason.

Let’s hear what Jere has to say about this upcoming season and his future:

Question (by Zika): So tell us about yourself? Who are you?

Answer (by Jere Kolari): I’m Jere Kolari, born in the 11th of February 1982. I’m 6’1 tall and weigh 180 pounds. I play hockey as a centerman/winger and I shoot right handed.

Q: So when did you start playing hockey?

A: I was about 7 years old, the reason, was that all my friends played it and it was so fun.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a hockey player?

A: Well my strength is that I have a good shot and hockey sense, but obviously there’s still a lot of work I need to do on all areas to improve my game. I really should improve my skating.

Q: How has your hockey career been so far?

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Flyers Goalie of the Future Race

by pbadmin

The strength of the Flyers farm system unquestionably lies in its goaltending prospects. The Flyers currently boast four fine young goaltending prospects: Brian Boucher, Jean-Marc Pelletier, Maxime Ouellet, and Antero Niittymäki. With the goalies in the Flyers system currently staggered between the NHL (Boucher), the AHL (Pelletier), the QMJHL (Ouellet), and the Finnish Elites (Niittymäki), the organization can afford to evaluate each player’s progress separately and, due to their staggered draft years, also have different time-tables for each player. But in the near future, perhaps as soon as the end of this season, the team may have to make a firm decision on whom among Boucher, Pelletier, Ouellet, and Niittymäki will ultimately be the team’s long-term starter of the future and which one(s) will be trade bait to fill in some of the other areas where the team needs both short-term and long-term help. In addition to the aforementioned goaltenders, the Flyers also have minor league veteran Neil Little, ECHL goalie Bujar Amidovsky, Färjestad BK (Swedish Elites) backup goaltender Per-Ragnar Bergqvist, and Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender Cam Ondrik in the system. None of the latter goalies is a serious NHL prospect, however (although Little still has a core of supporters in Philadelphia who believe that he deserves a shot as an NHL backup).
A quick review follows to update the recent happenings with each of the four top candidates:

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Carolina Signs Tanabe

by pbadmin

After a topsy turvy week in the Carolina Hurricanes-David Tanabe relationship, the nineteen year old defenseman signs a multiyear contract with the NHL team. This past week saw David Tanabe play in preseason games for the Hurricanes. David Tanabe refuse an offer from the Hurricanes. David Tanabe take off for Kootenay of the WHL. And, finally, David Tanabe sign with the Hurricanes.

Last week Tanabe impressed the Hurricanes in preseason so much, they had a spot on the final 23-man roster reserved for him. He was going to be their much sought after offensive defenseman. Two days before the September 30 deadline for returning junior eligible players to their teams, the Hurricanes summoned Tanabe’s agent, Lewis Gross, to Tidewater Virginia to negotiate. The first round draft pick turned down the Hurricanes offer and was prepared to head off to Kootenay. According to Gross, the $500,000 signing bonus was inadequate, particularly when compared to Barret Jackman’s $1million signing bonus with the St. Louis Blues. Tanabe was selected sixteenth in the 1999 NHL draft. Jackman was selected seventeenth.
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Brampton Battalion report

by pbadmin

Team opens sophomore season 3-0
September 24, 1999 – vs. Barrie Colts
The Battalion got their sophomore season off to a winning start with a 4-2 win over the highly regarded Barrie Colts at the Bunker.
While the Colts had several top players such as goaltender Brian Finley, defenceman Martin Skoula and forward Denis Shvidki, still at NHL training camps, they were still a formidable squad considered by many to be one of the top teams in the country.

The Battalion had certainly drawn a tough foe for their second season opener, but they seemed to pay little attention to that as they came out flying in the first period.

Kurt MacSweyn opened the scoring at 2:18 of the frame after rookie Chris Rowan fought off several defenders to get him the puck. Raffi Torres followed at 3:13 from Jeff Bateman and Scott Thompson and suddenly Brampton was up 2-0.

New Colts coach Bill Stewart called a timeout in an effort to regroup his troops and they seemed to respond, with Mike Christian notching their first marker at 6:29.
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Sabres Report: ’99 Training Camp Wrap-Up

by Ken McKenna

With the start of the Buffalo Sabres’ 1999-2000 season just hours away, it would probably be a good idea for this writer to tie up the loose ends left over from a mildly interesting training camp. Some new faces will be with the club to start the season, due mostly to the fact that four players are still holding out, but the 99-00 edition of the Sabres will still be pretty much the same team that made it to the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

Sabres “Improve” On Last Year’s Pre-Season Effort

Okay, maybe improve is stretching things a bit, since the Sabres finished the exhibition slate with a 2-4-1 record. The Sabres coaching staff appeared to adopt the “Marv Levy Approach” to pre-season games, which means they used veterans sparingly while taking a long look at several younger players. While this approach virtually guarantees a losing pre-season record, it also gives the coaches a good idea of where their younger players are at in their development. Players such as Maxim Afinogenov, Cory Sarich, Brian Campbell and Domenic Pittis received plenty of playing time throughout the exhibition schedule, with some of those players making good use of the opportunity, and others making it clear they are in need of more playing time in the minors.
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