When the Minnesota Wild host the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 1, their first game after the NHL's All-Star break, it will mark a special milestone for winger Andrew Brunette.â†µ
The game will mark Brunette's 1,000th career National Hockey League contest, making him the 261st player in NHL history to reach that milestone. He was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Washington Capitals in 1993, and made his NHL debut on Jan. 17, 1996. In his career, he has played for the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators (including scoring the first goal in Predators' history), Atlanta Thrashers, Colorado Avalanche, and now with Minnesota.â†µ
In his career, Brunette has amassed 688 points (250 goals, 438 assists).â†µ
He is the second player to celebrate his 1,000th game in a Wild sweater. . .Keith Carney played his 1,000th career game as a member of the Wild on Feb. 27, 2008.â†µ
The Wild will honor Brunette for his accomplishment in a pre-game ceremony on Feb. 9, when the Wild host the Avalanche at the XCel Energy Center.