Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mud Bruneteau
Right-winger Modere "Mud" Bruneteau was a nifty offensive player who ensured himself a permanent place in NHL folklore by ending the longest game in playoff history in 1936. In addition to his overtime heroics, he registered three 20-goal seasons and played on a trio of Stanley Cup championships in Motown.

The native of St. Boniface, Manitoba played two years with the Winnipeg Knights of Columbus then a year with the senior Falcons before turning pro in the IAHL with the Detroit Olympics in 1934-35. He split the 1935-36 season between the minors and the NHL then helped the Wings win the Stanley Cup. In the opening game of the semi-final series versus the Montreal Maroons he scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period to end the longest game ever played. Bruneteau's goal was not a classic; rather, it was an ordinary shot more indicative of the fatigue on both teams.

Bruneteau played solid two-way hockey to help the Wings repeat as Cup champions in 1937, the first U.S. club to do so. By the early 1940s, the clever winger took on a more offensive role with the club. He formed a productive line with Syd Howe and Carl Liscombe and helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 1943. The next season, he set a personal high with 35 goals and served as the team's co-captain with Flash Hollett. He lost his position by the late '40s and ended spending his last two seasons back in the USHL with the Omaha Knights. After retiring as a player in 1948, he spent a year behind the Knight's bench before leaving the game for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Winnipeg K of C WJrHL 9 2 2 4 4
1932-33 Winnipeg K of C WJrHL 11 4 4 8 10 3 3 0 3 2
1933-34 Winnipeg Falcons MHL-Sr. 15 13 4 17 11 1 1 0 1 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 38 10 6 16 26 5 0 2 2 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1935-36 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 2 0 2 2 7 2 2 4 4
1935-36 Detroit Olympics IHL 23 8 9 17 17
1936-37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 9 7 16 18 10 2 0 2 6
1937-38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 3 6 9 16
1937-38 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 4 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 1 2
1938-39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 3 7 10 0 6 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 10 14 24 10 5 3 2 5 0
1940-41 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 11 17 28 12 9 2 1 3 2
1940-41 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 4 1 4 5 2
1941-42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 14 19 33 8 12 5 1 6 6
1942-43 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 23 22 45 2 9 5 4 9 0
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 35 18 53 4 5 1 2 3 2
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 23 24 47 6 14 3 2 5 2
1945-46 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 6 4 10 2
1945-46 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 14 6 10 16 0 5 1 2 3 0
1946-47 Omaha Knights USHL 16 6 4 10 2 3 0 1 1 0
1947-48 Omaha Knights USHL 6 4 2 6 2
1948-49 Omaha Knights USHL
NHL Totals 411 139 138 277 80 77 23 14 37 22


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