Fabian Brunnström

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Fabian Brunnström
Fabian Brunnström, Frölundas dag 2013 - 01 (cropped).jpg
Fabian Brunnström in 2013.
Born (1985-02-06) February 6, 1985 (age 29)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
SEL team
Former teams
Frölunda HC
Färjestads BK
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Sweden
Playing career 2005–present
Fabian Brunnström in 2009.

Fabian Brunnström (born February 6, 1985) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for Leksands IF in the Elitserien.

Playing career[edit]

Brunnström began playing professionally in Sweden's third highest hockey league with Jonstorps IF in 2005–06, scoring 44 points in 38 games. The following year, he joined Borås HC, helping their promotion to the second-tier Allsvenskan with a league-leading 73 points in 41 games.

In 2007–08, Brunnström began garnering attention from the NHL while playing in the top-tier Elitserien with Färjestads BK.[1] Undrafted by an NHL club, he was an unrestricted free agent in the NHL. Negotiations with Brunnström came to a head towards the end of the season, with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks widely considered to be the initial front-runners in landing him.[2][3] Canucks general manager Dave Nonis was reportedly close to signing Brunnström, but was fired before the deal could take place.[4][5] After completing the season with 37 points in 54 games, Brunnström eventually signed with the Dallas Stars on May 8, 2008 to a two-year entry level contract. The deal was reportedly close to US$850,000 annually with bonus incentives that could increase his salary to US$2.5 million.[6]

After being a healthy scratch in his first two games with the Stars,[7] Brunnström became the third player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his debut game on October 15, 2008, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (January 14, 1943) and Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (October 10, 1979), later by Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers (October 9, 2010). Brunnström was credited with the game-winning goal, helping the Stars to a 6-4 win over the Nashville Predators.[8] He also scored a fourth goal in his debut game which was disallowed.[9]

Brunnström was placed on waivers by Dallas on October 15, 2010. He was assigned to the Stars' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Texas Stars on October 18, after he cleared waivers.

On January 13, 2011, Brunnström was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Mikhail Stefanovich.

On August 17, 2011, the Detroit Red Wings signed Brunnström to a pro tryout contract. Making the Red Wings' 2011–12 starting roster, on October 3, 2011, Detroit signed Brunnström to a one year two-way contract which assured him $105,000 in AHL and $600,000 at the NHL level. He was, however, a healthy scratch for all but one of the Red Wings' first nine games, and on October 30, 2011 was placed on waivers.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Jonstorps IF Swe-2 38 21 23 44 8
2005–06 Rögle BK Swe-1 3 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Borås HC Swe-2 41 37 36 73 28
2007–08 Färjestads BK SEL 54 9 28 37 16 12 1 0 1 6
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 55 17 12 29 8
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 44 2 9 11 10
2009–10 Texas Stars AHL 8 1 4 5 2
2010–11 Texas Stars AHL 37 11 10 21 16
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 35 4 10 14 4
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 4
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 45 12 23 35 41
NHL totals 104 19 22 41 22

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