The Barrie Colts have signed 96-born forward Brendan Perlini to an OHL contract earlier today. Perlini, who currently resides in Shelby Township, Michigan, was drafted by the Colts in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
In 40 games with the Detroit Belle Tire Under-16 squad, Perlini scored 21 goals and added 23 assists with 18 penalty minutes. Listed at 6'1", 170 lbs, Perlini is an excellent skater who plays a complete game and has a combination of size, talent, speed and also has a strong hockey sense.
Perlini's story is very intriguing. Born in England, he participated in the sport at a very young age and it was also the place where his father, Fred, played professionally. It wasn't until age 11 when Brendan and the rest of the Perlini family moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Two years ago, Perlini moved to the Metro Detroit area and signed on with the Belle Tire hockey program and he hasn't looked back since.
Perlini, who is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to participate at the Colts' training camp, which will be held in late August.
Other OHL News: The Oshawa Generals have hired Paul McFarland as an Assistant Coach. McFarland, who won a Memorial Cup for the Kitchener Rangers in 2003, played in the OHL for three seasons and then moved on to Wolfville, Nova Scotia-based Adacia University. He played there for four seasons and got his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. At the University, an award is given out every year in his honor that exemplifies leadership and development.
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