April 27, 1996|
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
12th overall, 2014|
Brendan Perlini (born April 27, 1996) is an English-born Canadian ice hockey forward for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Perlini was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (12th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Born in the United Kingdom, where his father, Fred Perlini, played ice hockey, Perlini grew up there before returning to Canada with his family in 2007. He spent four seasons in the major junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and made his NHL debut with the Coyotes in 2016. Internationally Perlini has played for the Canadian national junior team, and won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Under-18 Championship.
Perlini was drafted by the Barrie Colts 16th overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, and began the 2012–13 OHL season with the Colts. After 32 games there, where he recorded one goal and one assist, Perlini was traded to the Niagara IceDogs. During the 2013–14 season he was recognized for his outstanding play when he was chosen to compete in the 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game.
Perlini began the 2016–17 season with the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. After 16 games with the Roadrunners, he was recalled to the Coyotes. At the time Perlini was tied for the AHL lead in goals scored, with 11, and was the AHL Rookie of the Month for November. He made his NHL debut on December 5, 2016, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His first goal came on December 10, against Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.
On September 6, 2019, the Blackhawks re-signed Perlini to a one-year, $874,125 contract extension.
Perlini was born in the United Kingdom, while his father, Fred Perlini, was playing ice hockey. His father, who was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and played eight games for them, had spent the majority of his career in the AHL before continuing in the United Kingdom. After he retired from playing in 1997, Fred took up a coaching position with the Guildford Flames, and returned to Canada with his family in 2007, moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. His older brother, Brett Perlini, was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks and has played in the ECHL.
Regular season and playoffs
|Men's ice hockey|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
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- Vest, Dave (December 6, 2016). "'Yotes Notes: Perlini Makes NHL Debut". NHL.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Vest, Dave (December 11, 2016). "'Yotes Notes: Perlini Scores First NHL Goal". NHL.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "RELEASE: Blackhawks acquire Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini". NHL.com. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
- "RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to extension with Brendan Perlini". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
- Spiller, Richard (December 8, 2016). "NHL new boy Brendan Perlini makes Guildford sporting history". GetSurrey.co.uk.
- Ruicci, Peter (June 27, 2014). "Sault's Perlini ready to let draft play out". Sault Star. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick