Pest, goal scorer, knowl­edge­able Corey Perry hits 1,000 games and wants to keep go­ing

Com­plete hockey player has won Stan­ley Cup, Olympic gold, World Cup

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MATTHEW DEFRANKS THE DAL­LAS MORN­ING NEWS

CAL­GARY—In his On­tario home, Corey Perry has space for all of his tro­phies, the phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions of his im­pres­sive hockey re­sume. He’ll soon add an­other piece to the dis­play.

Dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s 3-1 Dal­las Stars win in Cal­gary, Perry played his 1,000th ca­reer NHL game, a mile­stone com­mem­o­rated with a sil­ver stick pre­sented by the player’s team. He be­came the 340th player in league his­tory to reach the mark.

“It’s my life,” Perry said. “It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. To have that op­por­tu­nity to play 1,000 games in the best league in the world, I couldn’t ask for any­thing bet­ter. I’m go­ing to soak it all in and cher­ish it and re­ally re­mem­ber it down the road.”

Perry is in his first sea­son with Dal­las af­ter spend­ing the first 14 years of his ca­reer in Ana­heim, where he com­piled ar­guably the most com­plete hockey re­sume in the his­tory of the sport.

Perry, 34, has won a Stan­ley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, a World Cup gold medal, a world cham­pi­onships gold medal, a world ju­niors gold medal, an OHL ti­tle, a Me­mo­rial Cup ti­tle, a Rocket Richard Tro­phy and a Hart Tro­phy.

“He’s a hockey player, I think that’s the best com­pli­ment you can give any­body,” Stars coach Jim Mont­gomery said. “He knows the game within the game. He no­tices changes. He helps us as coaches no­tice teams have changed up lines. He un­der­stands how to get un­der other peo­ple’s skin. So even if he’s not scor­ing, he’s still help­ing your team gain mo­men­tum within the game.”

Perry started Wed­nes­day’s game in Cal­gary, where his par­ents Jeff and Nancy were in at­ten­dance af­ter fly­ing in from Peter­bor­ough. The Flames rec­og­nized Perry for the ac­com­plish­ment dur­ing a TV time­out in the first pe­riod.

Through­out his ca­reer, Perry has played dif­fer­ent roles all wrapped into a six-foot-three, 205-pound pack­age. He’s been the pro­lific goal scorer that led the league with 50 goals in 2010-11. He’s been the league MVP who flirted with a 100point sea­son. He’s been the pesky net-front pres­ence that reg­is­tered triple-digit penalty min­utes in five straight sea­sons.

“It’s not easy ev­ery sin­gle night, but you find ways to push your­self, keep you mo­ti­vated and try to stay young,” Perry said. “That’s the big­gest thing. You just try to have fun with it ev­ery night and see where it takes you from there.”

Stars for­ward An­drew Cogliano got an up close view of Perry through the years, as team­mates in Ana­heim for eight sea­sons.

“I think he’s had that in him since he was drafted re­ally, and since he played ju­niors,” Cogliano said. “He’s done a good job of it. He’s played that role for a long time in this league and it’s pretty im­pres­sive be­cause it’s a tough role to play some­times.” Perry en­tered Wed­nes­day night ninth in goals (374) and 16th in points (780) among ac­tive play­ers in the NHL. The Stars will hon­our Perry dur­ing their up­com­ing four-game home­s­tand in Dal­las.

“I don’t re­ally know if I’ve ac­tu­ally had time to sit back and re­flect on what’s re­ally gone on over the last 15 years,” Perry said. “Prob­a­bly some­day. But just hav­ing fun ev­ery sin­gle day, com­ing to the rink with a smile on your face. Ups and downs, what­ever it may be, you just keep com­ing and keep putting time and work in.”

SAM HODDE THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dal­las Stars’ Corey Perry, left, spent his first 14 sea­sons with Ana­heim. Perry’s 1,000th NHL game was cel­e­brated in Cal­gary this week as he was pre­sented with a sil­ver stick.

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