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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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