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by Vince Maranto on 08/09/11 at 10:53 AM ET
The talk about the 2011-2012 Hawks continues today with a new player. It is off season acquisition Andrew Brunette. Andrew, age 37 has paled 15 seasons in the NHL, the last 3 with Minnesota. He is a 6 ‘1, 210 pound left winger, who was originally drafted in the 7th round back in 1993. On Monday, August 8, he was introduced to the Chicago media. Here are some excerpts.
When asked about his age and never being the fleetest of foot he responded,
“I guess the one good thing for me is it’s tough to lose a step when you get older if you never really had one,” (This got a pretty good size laugh from every one in the room) “I’ve been blessed with other abilities and I’ve been able to get to the spots I need to get to. I think I’m as good as anybody in the League in certain spots. I just need to find a way to get there. Unfortunately I’m a little slower than most to get there, but I get there eventually
Why did he choose the HAWKS?
“This is one of the top two or three teams I felt had a great opportunity to win a Stanley Cup,” Brunette said. “The core they have, they know what it takes to win and they won a couple of years ago, so I really felt this could be a good fit. For me, dwindling down to the end of my career, to have an opportunity to win a Cup or to win a Cup would be a dream come true.”
Were there any other factors?
As a hockey buff and historian growing up, I’ve always dreamed of wearing an Original Six jersey and for me, (Chicago’s) is probably the best crest in all of pro hockey,” (He is a former player for the afore mentioned Wild, also the Avalanche, Capitals, Predators and the Atlanta Thrashers) “To play in this building is probably one of the biggest treats of being a professional hockey player, especially the last few years. When this place gets rocking there’s nothing like it. It gives you chills. I played my first game here in 1995-96, and after the national anthem I didn’t think I could even get on the ice.”
We’ll see how the mix of younger talent and added veterans works out this season. The pre season will, of course, help dictate what line he will be on.
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