London Knights forward Adam Perry has
put together a solid season in the OHL,
and hopes to follow in the footsteps of
his brother, Ducks' winger Corey Perry
Adam Perry makes a name for himself in London
Shawn P. Roarke | NHL.com Senior Writer
Feb 13, 2007, 12:00 PM EST
Adam Perry doesn’t have the high profile of his more famous brother, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.
Unlike Corey, Adam was not drafted in the first round of his draft year. In fact, Adam Perry was passed over entirely in the NHL Entry Draft.
But like Corey, Adam is doing alright for himself with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.
This season, 20-year-old Adam Perry has 35 goals and 66 points in 55 games for the Knights. Those numbers pale in comparison to the back-to-back 100-plus-point seasons Corey put up in London before leaving for the NHL, but they are more than enough to make London fans happy the Perry family lineage continues to run through this hockey-mad town.
This year’s offensive totals – following a 27-goal, 73-point output last season -- have also allowed soft-spoken Adam to move a little out of the imposing shadow still cast by his brother in these parts.
“(Corey) was obviously a great player here in London and throughout his career,” Adam says. “When I came to London (in 2004), I kind of expected that they would expect me to be like him, but as things moved on I kind of made a name for myself and that made it a lot easier.”
According to Adam, the brothers play very different games.
“He’s got a little better hands than me, and is a little more offensively talented,” the younger brother says. “I like to bump and grind a little bit more.”
In fact, Adam Perry is making a living in the OHL’s high-traffic areas this year. Twenty-four of Perry’s 35 goals so far this season have come on London’s devastating power play. The majority of those, have come with Perry camped out in front of the net, pouncing on all the tantalizing refuse left after players like Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner are down mesmerizing defenses with their derring-do exploits.