Matthew Brunstrum is a mergers and acquisitions advisor who provides lower middle market company acquisition and valuation services to clients throughout the Midwest. An avid fan of the Chicago area sports teams, Matthew Brunstrum enjoys following the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) in his free time.
Despite missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season, the Blackhawks have a reason for optimism moving into the 2019-20 season. For starters, the team finished with three more wins and eight more points than it had in the season prior. In addition, star players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Alex DeBrincat registered career-best totals in points.
A recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy and Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2010 and 2013, respectively, Toews finished the season with 81 points, improving upon his previous career-high of 76 points, which he set during the 2010-11 season. He also scored a career-high 35 goals after failing to score more than 28 in a single season since 2011-12. Kane, meanwhile, registered 110 points. His previous career-high was 106. A second-year player from Farmington Hills, Michigan, DeBrincat registered 41 goals and 35 assists for 76 points.
An alumnus of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Matthew Brunstrum leverages nearly five years of financial services experience in his role as a mergers and acquisitions advisor with Sun Acquisitions. Beyond his professional pursuits, Matthew Brunstrum is a passionate sports fan who counts the Chicago Blackhawks as his favorite National Hockey League (NHL) team.
Expected to select 12th overall in the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks scord a major victory in the NHL draft lottery, which took place on April 9. Chicago had only an 8.3 percent chance of moving into the top three selections of the draft, but that’s exactly what happened. The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers also moved up from their respective positions into the top three. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman called the news “a game changer” for the franchise.
Chicago picked eighth overall in last year’s draft and selected Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist. The last time it picked as high as third overall was in 2007, when it held the first overall pick and selected right winger Patrick Kane of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights. Chicago selected Jonathan Toews third overall the year prior.
The top two picks in this year’s draft are expected to be Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. Vasili Podkolzin, a winger from Russia, is a strong candidate for the third overall pick. Other options for the Blackhawks include defenseman Bowen Byram, center Dylan Cozens, and center Alex Turcotte.
Holding a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Matthew Brunstrum has served as a mergers and acquisitions advisor at Sun Acquisitions in Chicago, Illinois, since 2017. Outside of his work, Matthew Brunstrum is involved in the local community through work with organizations such as PAWS Chicago–a nonprofit dedicated to animal welfare throughout the Chicagoland area.
Adoption is a wonderful opportunity to provide a warm, nurturing home life to ownerless pets housed in animal shelters. That said, adoption is also a serious commitment and PAWS Chicago has a screening process in place to ensure that pet adopted through the agency are placed with responsible owners capable of caring for them. Firstly, those looking to adopt must be at least 21 years old and able to provide a government-issued photo identification card proving their age.
Generally, new owners are also responsible for getting their new pet spayed/neutered for population control purposes. This requirement can be waved in some cases, however, based on individual circumstances. New adopters are also required to spend at least an hour with an adoption counselor, introduce the pet to all family members/pets currently residing in the home, and provide confirmation that they can legally house the pet in their home (if they don’t own their own home). To learn more adopting a pet from PAWS Chicago, visit pawschicago.com.