Fabian Brunnström in 2013.
February 6, 1985 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
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. 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. Canucks general manager Dave Nonis was reportedly close to signing Brunnström, but was fired before the deal could take place.
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.
After being a healthy scratch in his first two games with the Stars, 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. He also scored a fourth goal in his debut game which was disallowed.
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.
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||5||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||45||12||23||35||41||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Brophy tracks 50 memorable NHL first goals - Peterborough Examiner - Ontario, CA
- Red Wings' Brunnstrom waived and waiting - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Bee