Bruno: ‘I’m Going To Miss This Place’

Brett Bruneteau only played four games as a sophomore, but had quite the year off the ice.

Bruneteau has racked up 64 credits in the last year (he took 18 last summer, 24 in the fall and 22 in the spring) and will earn his undergraduate degree in two years. Considering that the average student takes at least five years to graduate, it’s rather incredible that he did it in two while playing a Division I sport.

Bruneteau said he tested out of a few credits before he got to campus, but his pursuit of a degree pretty much started when he arrived on campus.

Because of this, Bruneteau will not have to sit out a year when he transfers to Vermont next year. He will complete his MBA while at Vermont.

He will stay in Grand Forks this summer to complete an internship and he also is starting his own business — a website dedicated to helping kids sign up for hockey camps. It’s going to be It will have a listing of camps as well as a way to register for them.

I chatted with Bruneteau yesterday and he talked about leaving UND.

“It’s a tough move for me,” said Bruneteau, pausing to find his words. “Ultimately, I just felt, at this time, it was in my best interest to move on.

“The coaches have been phenomenal. Obviously, they are very, very good at what they do. They are able to recruit great guys and able to produce great hockey teams year in and year out. What goes unrecognized is their character and their personalities, which deserves recognition even more (than the other stuff). I can’t even begin to tell you how highly I think of all of them.

“I have some of my best friends up here. It’s going to be very, very hard to leave them. I’m going to miss my teammates. I’m going to miss going to the rink here every day. I’m going to miss this place a lot.”

Bruneteau said that he won’t be a stranger – he plans to be back in Grand Forks from time to time.

“North Dakota is always going to be a part of me,” he said. “I had two of the better years of my life here. It was a fantastic experience. The fans, the people and the town has been unbelievable.”

Bruneteau said he had a couple of choices on where he could transfer to, but ultimately picked Vermont.

“I felt most comfortable there,” he said. “Their coaches are a tremendous group of people. I know a few guys there. I was there moving my brother in last summer, so I have a pretty good feel for the area and the campus.”

9 Responses

  1. Sioux in Denver

    Great story. I can’t imagine taking so many credits. I would be flunking everything.

  2. Irish

    What a hard working and well spoken young man, I wish him the best in everything he does. Any ideas of what other schools besides Vermont he was considering?

  3. crb1

    Best of luck Bruno. It is obvious you excel in the classroom now its time to go make your mark on the ice. Perhaps we will meet up again sometime.

  4. Wow.

    I’m blown away by the courseload he took. I can’t believe he could even schedule 24 credits worth of class without conflicts between class times OR practice. That in and of itself is pretty amazing. And his success in the classes is even more amazing! Hats off to him!

  5. Fan from IL

    Has there been anyone before him to get an undergraduate degree and transfer to a different college to keep playing or is he the first?

    1. Sioux Fan in St. Cloud

      I’ve seen it in football and thought the NCAA was going to close this loophole in the transfer rules. Guess not.

  6. Rob Van Winkle

    Not only a connection with his brother being at Vermont. One of Vermont’s assistant coaches is Joey Gasparini. Coach Gasparini works at UND Summer Hockey School in the summer.

  7. jt68

    Good move for Bruno, there is only so much room, and he may have only had a handful of games next year.

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