Who is Damien Brunner?
Damien Brunner is the new kid on the block that everyone is talking about. He is the player that scored the only shootout goal on Monday nights game and scored the only Red Wings goal at the Wings home opener on Tuesday.
The questions on everyone's mind is: who is Damien Brunner and where did he come from?
As you may have guessed after hearing his name, Brunner was not born in the United States. He was born in Switzerland on March 9, 1986. Brunner was first involved with the Elite Jr. A league for two seasons, 2002-2004. Within that time, he had the experience of playing his right-winged position for 27 games, making a total of 10 goals. Damien, 26, played a short season with Winterthur, scoring an impressive 18 goals in just 17 games. He then continued to play for Kolten Flyers for three seasons.
In 2008-2009, Brunner started on EV Zug where he had played very successfully. Every season Damien had more points than he did play games. The right shooter's most impressive season, 2011-2012, was when he had a total of 60 points in just 45 games. Our Brunner was the league's forward of the year.
Shortly after he became just that, our Brunner. The Detroit Red Wings signed a one year, two-way entry level contract with Damien Brunner. During the lockout, number 24 kept in shape by playing 33 games with EV Zug where he was setting personal bests for goals.
When he returned to play with the Wings, he showed his talent immediately by scoring the winning shootout goal in the 3 to 3 tie against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. He then scored his first NHL goal with 3 seconds left in the third period of Tuesday's game. The Swiss star plays along side with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who stated that "he's a good skater, sees the ice very well and he wants to win. That's a good quality to have." Damien Brunner obviously has support from his team and also coach Mike Babcock, who thinks "he’ll be a top six forward to start with [the Wings] and see where he goes with [Detroit].”
Whatever his background, we are just happy he chose to be with the Detroit Red Wings and are excited to see how he develops in the NHL over this shortened 2012-2013 season.