The Florida Panthers introduced Friday that Andrew Brunette has been elevated to interim head coach.
The transfer comes after Joel Quenneville resigned Thursday following the discharge of an in depth report of a coverup by Blackhawks senior management after allegations of a sexual assault had been revealed.
“It is an actual unhappy day for hockey, with Kyle Seaside and every little thing he is gone by,” Brunette told the media following Friday’s morning skate. “You are feeling for him and what he is needed to cope with. It is a unhappy day for our group, it is a unhappy day for our gamers, it is a unhappy day for the sport of hockey.” Seaside made the allegations in 2010 towards then-Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich. Seaside was a participant in Chicago’s minor league system on the time.
The 48-year-old Brunette, an Ontario native, takes over a staff that has received seven straight video games to start out the season.
“I am simply attempting to course of,” Brunette mentioned. “It has been a whirlwind. I want I might offer you a greater reply. I can not clarify to you. I perceive the larger challenge right here proper now’s Kyle.”
The Panthers tackle the Pink Wings at 7 p.m. ET Friday in Detroit, completely on ESPN+ and Hulu.
Did Andrew Brunette play within the NHL?
Brunette had a protracted NHL profession after being drafted 174th general within the 1993 NHL Draft by the Capitals.
From 1995 to 2012, the ahead performed in 1,110 video games and posted 733 factors (268 objectives, 465 assists) for the Capitals, Predators, Thrashers, Wild, Avalanche and Blackhawks. Between 2002 and 2009, he performed in 509 consecutive video games.
His finest general years had been with the Wild, the place he collected 321 factors in 489 video games between two stints. With the Avalanche in 2006-07, he set profession highs with 27 objectives and 56 assists in 82 video games taking part in alongside Joe Sakic. In three of Brunette’s NHL seasons, he performed for Quenneville.
According to Hockey Reference, he led the NHL in capturing proportion in the course of the 2009-10 season at 19.four p.c whereas with the Wild.
Brunette additionally scored some notable objectives throughout his NHL profession:
- 1998-99 season: First purpose in Predators historical past
- 2003 Western Convention quarterfinals: Sport-winning additional time purpose for the Wild in Sport 7 towards the Avalanche
- 2006 Western Convention quarterfinals: Sequence-clinching purpose for Avalanche in Sport 5 over the Stars
How lengthy has Andrew Brunette been teaching?
After formally retiring in February 2013, Brunette joined the Wild’s entrance workplace as a hockey operations adviser. He served as an assistant coach with the membership within the 2014-15 season and was then the staff’s assistant normal supervisor till the tip of the 2019 season.
Brunette then joined Quenneville in Florida and was an assistant coach for the final three seasons. He has by no means served as a head coach.
“He is an important man, and I am positive he’ll be an important coach for now,” Panthers ahead Jonathan Huberdeau mentioned of Brunette. “It is not simple for everyone, however we will undergo it as a staff.”