The Indy Fuel announced Thursday the team has acquired defenseman Nick Bruneteau from the Reading Royals in exchange for future considerations.
Reading had announced the deal when it was agreed to Wednesday, but the deal was officially completed and approved later and announced by the Fuel on Thursday.
Bruneteau is a defenseman from the University of Vermont who has played four full seasons for the Catamounts. In 144 games — never missing a contest in college — he tallied nine goals and 49 assists, including four goals and 12 assists in 38 games in 2013-14. He was second on the Catamounts in defenseman scoring, and was third on the roster with a plus-13 rating.
He played five games for Reading on an amateur tryout offer at the end of the 2013-14 ECHL season. Prior to Vermont, he was the captain of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s high school team in Minnesota.
At Vermont, he played alongside the Fuel’s first signee, forward Pete Massar, as well as Fuel defenseman Anders Franzon. Bruneteau was an All-Academic Team selection in 2012 and the team’s top rookie in 2011 .
“Adding Nick to a group that includes Anders Franzon, Zach Sternberg and Kyle Follmer is another step in building a base of intelligent, dynamic young defensemen that will allow us to play a quick transition and up-tempo game,” Fuel coach Scott Hillman said in a team release. “We’re very pleased to add Nick to the mix on the back end.”
Bruneteau is a right-shot defenseman standing 5-10, 182. He is 22 years old.
Nick’s family has a significant history with the Circle City. His grandfather, Ed Bruneteau, played 171 games for the Indianapolis Capitals in 1940-41, from 1947-49, and in 1951-52, scoring 62 goals in a Caps uniform (in addition 40 goals in 140 NHL games, all with the Red Wings). His great-uncle Modere “Mud” Bruneteau played 14 games for the Caps in 1945-46 and had 16 points (and had 277 points in 411 games with the Red Wings, as well as ending the longest game in NHL history). Nick’s brother Brett Bruneteau played 14 games for the Indiana Ice in 2007-08 and was his teammate for two seasons at Vermont. A third brother, Matt, recently finished at Lake Superior State and played 10 ECHL games last year, and a fourth, Tyler, played in the NAHL last season.
Nick is a native of Omaha, where both Ed and Modere settled after their hockey-playing careers were over.
Bruneteau is the 13th player to be signed to the Fuel and the fourth defenseman. He is the 10th to have played four years at a U.S. college.
Rhett Bly (R). 5-10, 185. Age 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: Merrimack College (NCAA)
Dean Chelios (R). 6-2, 185. Age: 25. Shoots L. 2013-14: Michigan State University (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Garrett Klotz (V). 6-6, 250. Age: 25. Shoots L. 2013-14: Allen Americans (CHL)
Taylor Law (R). 6-2, 200. Age: 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: Canisius (NCAA)/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Pete Massar (R). 5-9, 180. Age 25. Shoots R. 2013-14: Vermont (NCAA)/Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Kenton Miller. 6-0, 196. Age: 23. Shoots L. 2013-14: Utah/Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Brett Perlini. 6-0, 202. Age: 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: Greenville Road Warriors/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Cory Thorson (R). 6-2, 200. Age: 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: St. Cloud State (NCAA)
Klarc Wilson (R). 6-2, 206. Age: 21. Shoots R. 2013-14: Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Nick Bruneteau (R). 5-10, 182. Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2013-14: Vermont (NCAA)/Reading Royals (ECHL)
Kyle Follmer (R). 5-10, 202. Age: 27. Shoots L. 2012-13: Northern Michigan (NCAA)
Anders Franzon. 6-3, 196. Age 25. Shoots R. 2013-14: Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Zach Sternberg (R). 6-0, 187. Age 23. Shoots R. 2013-14: Lake Superior State (NCAA)