Wild goaltender Perry makes NCAA DI commitment
March 19, 2014
Wenatchee goaltender Chase Perry played on the NAHL 18U Selects team at the Top Prospects Tournament in February.
The Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League are pleased to announce that goaltender Chase Perry has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey next season with the Colorado College Tigers. Colorado College are members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Perry, 18, is a native of Andover, Minnesota. In his first year with the Wild in the NAHL he currently has a goals against average of 2.32 and a save percentage of 90.7% to go along with a record of 14-12-4. Perry took over the starting goaltending duties midway through the season after Wild goaltender Gustav Johansson went down with a season-ending injury.
Perry (6’2/191) was the #4 ranked North American goaltender in the most recent NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings. He was also selected to play at the 2014 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament as a part of the NAHL 18U Selects team. Colorado College was in attendance at the event along with 29 NHL scouts. He is one of four current NAHL goalies expected to be taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.
“We are extremely happy for Chase and can’t wait to see him continue his career at Colorado College next fall. He has worked extremely hard from day one way back in August,” said Wenatchee Wild Assistant Coach Chris Clark. “It is great that all his hard work has resulted in him getting the opportunity to play for the Tigers next season. Colorado College is not only getting a fantastic goalie, but an even better person.”
The Tigers compete in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with Denver, Miami Ohio, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.
Perry is the seventh player on the Wenatchee roster this season that is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey. The others are: Alex Bontje (Robert Morrris), Trey Bradley (Colorado College), Brendan Harris (St. Cloud St.), Austin Priebe (Air Force), Alex Rauter (Cornell) and River Rymsha (Dartmouth).