New Jersey Devils associate coach and former Florida Panthers interim head coach Andrew Brunette is in legal hot water.
Broward County (Fl.) authorities arrested Brunnette on Wednesday for suspicion of DUI. Deputies arrested the former coach after he disobeyed a stop sign and then transported Brunette to Broward County Main Jail.
Records reported by Local10.com in Florida showed that this isn’t Brunette’s first traffic infraction in the area.
In May 2022, Brunette pled guilty to going 58 miles per hour in a 40 miles-per-hour zone. He paid a $260 fine. In February of 2021, police stopped Brunette for allegedly going 27 miles per hour in a school zone. A judge eventually dismissed the case. Local10.com notes both incidents occurred in the neighborhood of Deerfield Beach.
The Panthers named Brunette their interim head coach after firing Joel Quenneville last year. The Panthers, however, didn’t retain Brunette after he led them to the most successful season in franchise history and their first playoff victory since 1996. In July, the Devils hired the 49-year-old as an associate coach for Lindy Ruff’s staff.
“We are aware of the reports today regarding Associate Coach Andrew Brunette and are currently in the process of gathering additional information,” a Devils spokesman told The New York Post.