Brunner with the Devils in 2014
March 9, 1986 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
Brunner was born in Kloten, Switzerland, on March 9, 1986. He played for the Kloten Flyers of the National League A in 2006–07 and 2007–08. In 2008–09, he moved to EV Zug. In 2011–12, Brunner had 60 points in 45 games. He led the NLA in points and was named the league's forward of the year.
On July 1, 2012, Brunner signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. He then returned to EV Zug for the 2012–13 season until the 2012–13 NHL lockout was resolved, where he started the shortened season with the Red Wings. He netted the game-winning shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in his second game with the Red Wings. He scored his first NHL goal the next day against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars.
After turning down two and three-year contract offers from the Detroit Red Wings, Brunner became an Unrestricted Free Agent. On September 16, 2013 he was signed by the New Jersey Devils on a pro tryout contract and attended the team's training camp. On September 24, 2013, he was signed by the New Jersey Devils to a two-year, $5 million contract.
On December 5, 2014, the Devils placed Brunner on waivers after he was benched for the entire third period in a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 4. He cleared waivers the following day. He had 2 goals and 5 assists in 17 games. With little interest in playing in the American Hockey League, Brunner agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the Devils and on December 12, 2014, he returned to his native Switzerland in signing with HC Lugano of the National League A.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||Kloten U20||Elite Jr. A||6||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Kloten U20||Elite Jr. A||21||9||5||14||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||44||12||14||26||12||14||5||4||9||4|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||60||11||14||25||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||17||2||5||7||8||—||—||—||—||—|
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