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David Perron (born May 28, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues. He was drafted 26th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues. He has also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights. Perron won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues.

David Perron
David Perron 2018-02-04 1.jpg
Perron with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1988-05-28) May 28, 1988 (age 31)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Anaheim Ducks
Vegas Golden Knights
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2007
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

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Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Perron played in the 2001 and 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with minor ice hockey teams from Sherbrooke.[1]

Perron was selected in the first round, 26th pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He played with the Saint-Jérôme Panthers of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League for 51 games in the 2005–06 season.[2] He then had an excellent rookie season in the QMJHL, leading the Lewiston Maineiacs in scoring with 39 goals and 83 points in 70 games played. The Maineiacs won the President's Cup and participated in the Memorial Cup.[citation needed]

On October 2, 2007, it was confirmed that Perron would start the season with the St. Louis Blues after an impressive training camp. His progression was impressive because, less than three years before playing his first NHL game, he was still playing at the Midget B level in his hometown of Fleurimont. On November 3, 2007, Perron scored his first career goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. He played throughout the season and scored his first NHL hat trick on November 10, 2009, against the Vancouver Canucks.[3]

 
Perron with the Blues in 2012

During the summer of 2010, Perron signed a two-year contract worth $4.3 million with the Blues. Perron scored five goals in his first ten games of the 2010–11 season. He sustained a concussion on November 4, 2010, after taking an elbow to the temple from the San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton, and missed 13 months to recover.[4] An injury-shortened 2011–12 NHL season saw Perron score 42 points in 57 games played. That post-season he scored the series winning goal of the Blues' first round matchup against the San Jose Sharks by deflecting Alex Pietrangelo's shot into the net breaking a 1-1 tie with 8 minutes remaining in game 5 on April 21, 2012. On July 5, 2012, Perron signed a four-year, $15.25 million contract with the Blues.[5] Perron was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on July 10, 2013 in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.[6]

On January 2, 2015, Perron was traded by the Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick.[7] He made his debut a night later, scoring the Penguins lone goal in a 4–1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.[8]

In the 2015–16 season, Perron was unable to continue his earlier success with the Penguins. In line to record his lowest points totals since entering the league with 16 in 43 games, he was traded for a second consecutive season, alongside Adam Clendening to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Carl Hagelin on January 16, 2016.[9]

As a free agent from the Ducks, Perron opted to return to his original club, the St. Louis Blues, in agreeing to a two-year contract on July 1, 2016.[10] In the 2016–17 season, Perron recorded his third career hat trick on October 23, 2016.[11] He also rebounded offensively to score 18 goals and 46 points in appearing in every game with the Blues.[citation needed]

On June 21, 2017, Perron's stint with the Blues was cut short as he was left exposed and selected by the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.[12] On July 1, 2018, Perron signed a four-year contract with the Blues for his third stint with the team.[13]

Perron won the 2019 Stanley Cup Final with the Blues, St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history.

Personal lifeEdit

Perron and his girlfriend, Vanessa Vandal, have two children.[14][15] Vanessa is also a star on the show Hockey Wives.[16]

The family resides in Chesterfield, Missouri with their two dogs, Jack and Stella, and their calico cat Alice. During the off season, Perron enjoys time at the lake on his boat.[17] He has also contributed as an ambassador to the Athletes for Animals Foundation.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Perron during his stint with the Edmonton Oilers
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Saint-Jérôme Panthers QJAHL 51 24 45 69 92
2006–07 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 70 39 44 83 75 17 12 16 28 22
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 62 13 14 27 38
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 15 35 50 50 4 1 1 2 4
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 20 27 47 60
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 5 2 7 12
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 21 21 42 19 9 1 4 5 10
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 10 15 25 44 6 0 2 2 6
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 28 29 57 90
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 38 5 14 19 20
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 12 10 22 42 5 0 1 1 4
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 4 12 16 28
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 28 8 12 20 34 7 1 2 3 8
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 18 28 46 54 11 0 1 1 8
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 70 16 50 66 50 15 1 8 9 10
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 23 23 46 46 26 7 9 16 16
NHL totals 779 198 292 490 596 83 11 28 39 66

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
NHL
NHL YoungStars Game 2008
Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues) 2019 [19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "David Perron". hockeydb.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Blues ride big 1st period to 6-1 win over Canucks". bc.ctvnews.ca. November 10, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blues' David Perron set to return from concussion sustained in November 2010". NHL.com. December 2, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "David Perron, Blues reach deal". ESPN. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Oilers acquire forward Perron from St. Louis". The Sports Network. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.[dead link]
  7. ^ Cooper, Josh (January 2, 2015). "David Perron escapes Edmonton in trade to Pittsburgh". Puck Daddy blog. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "3 Impressions: Habs 4, Pens 1". Pittsburgh Penguins. January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ducks acquire Perron and Clendening from Pittsburgh for Hagelin". Anaheim Ducks. January 16, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Perron signs two-year deal with Blues". St. Louis Blues. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Pinkert, Chris (October 23, 2016). "Perron nets hat trick in Calgary". NHL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Blues lose Perron to Vegas in expansion draft". Stltoday. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Blues sign Perron to four-year deal". NHL.com. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Korac, Louie (September 25, 2016). "David Perron back to where it all began". NHL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  15. ^ McIlwaine, Taylor (May 15, 2017). "Hockey Wives: How the Women Celebrated Mother's Day". wnetwork.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Vanessa Vandal". wnetwork.com. March 16, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "David Perron". athletesforanimals.org. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Pinkert, Chris (November 10, 2013). "Backes Launches Athletes for Animals". NHL.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ian Cole
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Alex Pietrangelo