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During the 2014 NHL Draft, the Arizona Coyotes selected an interesting new player. The NHL boasts a wide variety of countries represented by the players. One country that you don’t typically see in the NHL is the United Kingdom, only 45 players have come from the U.K. in the past, with the last player ending his career in 2010. That is, until now. Meet Brendan Perlini, an 18 year old native of Guildford, Surrey, Great Britain. He is the newest first round draft pick of the Coyotes, and as of July 18, he has officially been signed to an entry-level contract. Perlini’s father, Fred, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980s, and was a big inspiration to his son.

When Brendan was 11, his family decided to make the move over to Canada to further his hockey career. He played for several teams, his latest team being the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL. In 2014, he was selected to play in the CHL Top Prosepect Game. At 6-foot-2, Brendan is a big component on the ice. After the Coyotes’ development camp, they saw the true potential that he had, and signed him.

Could this fresh new player be what the Coyotes need to become the team to beat? We’ll see about that when the season rolls around!

 

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Sports and fashion are Allison's true passions. She grew up in the household of a professional athlete, and a family blessed with true athletic talent. She, on the other hand, must have been absent on the day that sport skills were passed out! Although, she does possess a zeal that most girls do not have for sports of all kinds, hockey has consumed her life in the most unexplainable way. Sports are such an integral part of who she is, and she is on journey of becoming a part of a professional sports organization. Growing up minutes from the Las Vegas Strip didn't leave Allison with many options for being a sports fan.Spending the majority of her summers on the East Coast, Allison became a fan of all things Boston, and her heart will always have a special place for the city (especially the Bruins). Allison currently is an employee of the Arizona Coyotes and falls more in love with the game each and every day. You can follow Allison on Twitter: @Alli_Galllagher and you can contact her by Email: allison@girlnextscore.com

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