Ola Bjerkovoll reports on Guildford junior making his way in the major league.
Former Guildford Flames Junior Brendan Perlini has become the first from the club’s development programme to ice a game in the biggest ice hockey league in the world, the National Hockey League in the US. The 20-year-old made his NHL debut on the 5th of December for the Arizona Coyotes against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus.
Perlini told the Coyotes official website that he was happy with his debut but would have liked a win: “It was pretty special. Obviously, it would have been nice to get a win, but in the same sense it was good to get out there with the guys.”
“I thought he was all right,” Head Coach Dave Tippet said of the youngster’s debut. “He skates well. He can play at the tempo up here. He has some things to learn, but you’ve got to like some things about his game.”
Born in Guildford in 1996 to former Flames’ player Fred Perlini, who also coached at the club, led to Brendan and his brother Brett both joining the Guildford juniors. setup. The Perlinis later moved back to Fred’s native Canada where Brendan kept on playing ice hockey in Ontario.
At 18 Brendan was chosen in the first round of the 2014 NHL entry draft as the 12th overall pick by the Coyotes. Brendan has represented Canada at World Championships for the Under 18 and the Under 20 national teams.