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Wild’s Brunette will serve as an assistant coach

Jul 10, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT


The Minnesota Wild have selected Andrew Brunette to serve as one of the team’s assistant coaches for the 2014-15 campaign, per the StarTribune.

Brunette is a veteran of 1,110 NHL games, including 489 with Minnesota. He had 268 goals and 733 points over the course of his career.

He joined the Wild as a hockey operations advisor after hanging up his skates and has served in that role for two years. He worked heavily on their power play last season and was one of the team’s eyes in the sky. Now he’s likely to be on the bench along with head coach Mike Yeo and fellow assistants Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor.

Darby Hendrickson will also serve as an assistant coach next season while Bob Mason is the club’s goalie coach.

  1. wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    How epic would it be if Bruno and Roy get in a shouting/glass pushing match first game of the season

    • avfanforlife - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Ha! Good one – You know I’m tuning in!

      • lordfletcher - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        I hate the word epic (outside of the band) but I’ll still give ya a thumbs up. :)

      • wutangwild - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        Haha I’m glad you remember your history, but that would be hilarious and I’d imagine Roy is more than capable. Easily Patty Wahhhh my fav goalie of all time! As a Wild fan, that was the most entertaining series i’ve had the pleasure to watch. Fletch I’ll attempt to erase that word from my memory, but the situation said had no other word to describe it!

  2. avscup - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I always liked Bruno as an Av. I was pissed when they let him go. It was the beginning of a bad era for the Avs.

  3. purpleguy - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    If he’s gonna be behind the bench with the trainer and the other coaches, they better all go on an off-season weight loss program to fit back there.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      especially with that chumlee looking dude whose always on the wild bench.

  4. clarke16 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    In truth…it reaks a bit of a homer move… Bruno’s foot in the door was last season when he was hired as a *consultant* to take over the coaching of the dismal power play from Sydor. What he produced was a passing drill finesse PP ranked no better than 17th in the league. Killer. NOT near good enough to contend for the cup…

    Now–instead of removing him from that role–they make him an official coach whose primary duty will be coaching the PP. :::rolling eyes:::

    Time and time again, in his usual classy fashion, Pommer would stress in interviews how vital it is to have an aggressive, swarming PP with players shooting the puck and crashing the net in waves–yet Pommer and Suter were the only one’s consistently putting the puck on net. Ring around the rosie–let’s show everyone how fancy we can be playing catch with the puck and sooner or later–hell yeah–we’re gonna score a pretty highlight reel goal that ESPN won’t be able to get enough of…

    You don’t score on 100% of the shots you don’t take. An old coach pounded that in our heads constantly. Put the biscuit on net and good things happen ALWAYS… Vanek will be a wasted asset if they can’t manage to deliver the puck to the slot on the PP–for tipped shots/kicked our rebounds is where that boy is dirty wicked.

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