SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
-- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough and Head Coach Jacques Lemaire announced today that left wing Andrew Brunette will serve as team captain for the month of February. This marks the fifth time in his career that Brunette has served as Wild captain -- but the first since March/April, 2004. Brunette and center Mikko Koivu
were named permanent alternate captains for the 2008-09 NHL season in October.
Brunette, 35 (8/24/73), is the Wild’s fourth-leading scorer with 29 points (12-17=29), and is tied for second on the team with 12 goals. Brunette has played in 502 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NHL. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound native of Sudbury, Ont., ranks sixth all-time among Wild players with 66 goals, third with 127 assists and fourth with 193 points. He is third on the team’s all-time list with 31 power play goals. Brunette spent three seasons (2001-04) with the Wild, before re-signing with the Wild as a free agent on July 1, 2008.
Only Brad Bombardir (seven) and Brian Rolston (five) have been captain as many as five months in their careers.
Minnesota will continue to rotate its team captaincy on a monthly basis this season based on the player who has shown the greatest leadership qualities.