Full Name: Fred Perlini
Nickname: Freddy P
Date of Birth: Not stated, ie getting on a bit
Place of Birth: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Joined LVL: 1994
Most Memorable Moment: Scoring his first NHL goal against Detroit Redwings in the Joe Louis Arena, assisted by Darryl Sittler and Wolf Paiment
Hockey Heroes: Gordie Howe, Darryl Sittler and Fred’s father
Favourite Coach: Mike Nykoluck of the Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Stars Played With/Against: Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, Rick Vaive, Mike Palmateter, Bob Clarke, Wayne Gretsky, Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux and the Sutters brothers
Ultimate Goal: To receive a British passport and help run a London-based team to every championship that comes the team’s way. He would also like to help junior hockey to develop properly
Dreams: To get down to scratch in golf and someday play in the Senior Tour or other professional tournament
Fred’s Playing History:
1979-1982: Played Junior “A” for the Toronto Marlboros. He was Top Draft choice to this team at the age of 16. He led the team’s goal scoring in 1980/81 with 417 in 57 games.
Fred was added to the Team Canada roster at the age of 19 and played in the World Championships. After his first year as a junior he ws drafter to the Toronto Maple Leafs, at the age of 18. In his last junior year he was called up to the Maple Leafs and in 7 games as an underage he scored 6 assists.
Fred set a record by playing an afternoon game in the Junior “A” Marlboros in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens and scoring a hat-trick against the Niagara Falls Flyers before playing again the same night for the Toronto Maple Leafs and scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks!
Fred went to 8 NHL Professional Training Camps. 6 of these were with the Maple Leafs, 1 was in Pittsburgh and the other was with the New York Rangers.
After playing 6 years of professional hockey Fred wanted to try the European game and although he signed up for Aziago in the Italian Elite League his passport fell through and in the end Alex Dampier brought him over to play for Nottingham in 1986.
Between 1986 and 1987 Fred was the 3rd highest scorer in the Premier League Championship and Norwich Union Cup. He led Nottingham’s scoring in the League and Play-Offs and also set the league record of 29 Power-Play goals, a record that was still standing at the time of the profile in the Lions’ programme, which was February 1994.
Fred went to Fife Flyers for the 1987/88 season where he set a record for the fastest player to reach 100 goals. He finished the season as the league’s 5th highest scorer.
At the time of writing (1994) Fred had played UK hockey for 7 seasons, and for each team he had played for he’d led in goal-scoring and points totals. He’d set records with every club and each season he’d been in the top ten scorers in the league.
Fred ended his playing days with the Guildford Flames, where his shirt there was retired in what was apparently an emotional ceremony.