Scott Douglas Perunovich[1] (born August 18, 1998) is an American collegiate ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the University of Minnesota–Duluth in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. While playing with the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs, Perunovich was named to the AHCA East First-Team All-American, the NCHC First All-Conference Team, All-Tournament Team, NCHC All-Rookie team, NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year, and NCHC Rookie of the Year.

Scott Perunovich
Born (1998-08-18) August 18, 1998 (age 21)
Hibbing, Minnesota, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NCHC team Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2018
St. Louis Blues
Playing career TBA–present

Internationally, Perunovich has represented the United States at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where they finished in fifth place, and the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning bronze.

Playing careerEdit

Perunovich played three seasons of prep school hockey for Hibbing High School. In 2014, Perunovich was drafted by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL)[2] but continued to play for Hibbing High School. In 2015, Perunovich committed to play Division 1 hockey for the University of Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs.[3] After his senior year, Perunovich then played one season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders during the 2016–17 season before joining the Bulldogs.[4]


While majoring in Communications, Perunovich played 42 games for the Bulldogs during the 2017–18 season.[1] His first collegiate goal came in a 4–3 loss to Michigan Tech on October 7, 2017.[5] Perunovich ended his freshman season with 36 points, tying fourth nationally among all defenseman and third for freshman. As a result of his outstanding play, Perunovich was named an AHCA East First-Team All-American, NCHC First All-Conference Team, NCHC All-Rookie team, All-Tournament Team, NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year, and NCHC Rookie of the Year. He was the first Minnesota–Duluth Bulldog to be named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year and set a new Bulldogs record for most points by a freshman defenceman.[6] His prolific freshman season helped the Bulldogs win the NCAA National Championship title and he was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All–Tournament Team.[7] He was also the first NCHC player to be awarded the Tim Taylor Award as men's Division I National Rookie of the Year.[8]

Although he was not originally ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, after the strong play in his rookie season Perunovich made the midterm ranks,[9] and was eventually placed 102nd overall for North American Skaters in the final rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[10] After he had been passed over in his first two years of eligibility, the St. Louis Blues drafted Perunovich in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on the word of their scouts, Keith Tkachuk and J Niemiec, that he was worth the chance.[11]

Perunovich returned to the Bulldogs for his sophomore season. On October 23, 2018, Perunovich was named the NCAA First Star of the Week after he recorded six points in two back-to-back games against the Maine Black Bears.[12] On January 17, 2019, Perunovich was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award[13] and later for the Offensive Defenseman of the Year.[14] Perunovich helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2019 NCHC Tournament with 27 points, where they competed in the first round against the Omaha Mavericks.[15] On March 13, Perunovich was again selected for the NCHC First All-Conference Team.[16] Although the Bulldogs won the first game of the series against Omaha, Perunovich was forced to sit out due to injury.[17] After returning to the ice, Perunovich helped the Bulldogs defeat St. Cloud State 3–2 to qualify for the NCAA Championship.[18] He was also named the winner of NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year for the second consecutive season.[19] In the first round of the 2019 NCAA Championship, Minnesota-Duluth beat Bowling Green State University 2–1 in overtime to advance to the second round[20] where they faced the Quinnipiac Bobcats. On March 31, the Bulldogs qualified for the Frozen Four with Perunovich recording an assist in the 3–1 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats.[21] After beating the Providence Friars 4–1,[22] Perunovich was named an AHCA East Second-Team All-American.[23] On April 13, the Bulldogs went on to clinch another NCAA Championship title after a 3–0 win over the UMass Minutemen.[24]

International playEdit

Perunovich has represented the United States at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where they finished in fifth place, and the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning bronze.[25] He scored one goal and two assists during the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[26] He scored his only goal of the tournament during the first outdoor World Juniors game to eliminate a two-goal deficit and beat Team Canada 4–3.[27]

Playing styleEdit

Perunovich says he models his game after NHL defenseman Torey Krug.[11] His Bulldogs coach, Scott Sandelin, often refers to him as a "fourth forward."[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Perunovich was born to Jim and Susan Perunovich. His uncle Doug played for the Bulldogs during the 1988–1992 season[1] and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.[29]

Playing careerEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 56 6 15 21 14
2017–18 University of Minnesota–Duluth NCHC 42 11 25 36 36
2018–19 University of Minnesota–Duluth NCHC 39 3 26 29 32
NCAA totals 81 14 51 65 68


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States IH18 5th 4 0 0 0 2
2018 United States WJC   7 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 11 1 2 3 4

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Ref
All-USA Hockey First Team 2016
AHCA West First Team All–American 2018 [6][30]
NCHC First All-Conference Team 2018, 2019
All–Tournament Team 2018
NCHC All–Rookie Team 2018
NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year 2018, 2019
NCHC Rookie of the Year 2018
Tim Taylor Award 2018 [8]
AHCA West Second Team All-American 2019 [23]


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  2. ^ "Meet The RoughRiders - Scott Perunovich". The Gazette. October 10, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hibbing's Perunovich is Able to Focus with Early Commitment". December 25, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "UMD SIGNS FOUR USHL STANDOUTS TO 2017-18 RECRUIT CLASS". November 11, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Wellens, Matt (October 7, 2017). "College men's hockey: Michigan Tech denies UMD Ice Breaker title". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Ali, Sam (April 6, 2018). "UMD's Perunovich Named NCAA Rookie of the Year". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  9. ^ Gilligan, Jimmy (January 25, 2018). "BULLDOGS THRIVE OFF HOMEGROWN HEROES". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "2018 Draft Prospect Rankings". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Korac, Louie (July 29, 2018). "Perunovich aiming to raise stock for Blues". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Bedics, Mark (October 23, 2018). "College hockey: Scott Perunovich among three stars of the week after notching six points vs. Maine". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "THIRTEEN NCHC STUDENT-ATHLETES NOMINATED FOR 2019 HOBEY BAKER AWARD". January 17, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "SANDELIN AND FIVE BULLDOGS UP FOR NCHC POSTSEASON AWARDS". March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "PROGRAM-RECORD FIVE BULLDOGS RECEIVE 2018-19 ALL-NCHC HONORS". March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "UNO hockey takes overtime loss to defending champs Minnesota Duluth in NCHC quarterfinals". March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Wellens, Matt (March 24, 2019). "Thumbs up, thumbs down, three stars: Bulldogs get big kills, thrive with jumbled lines to beat Huskies for NCHC Frozen Faceoff title". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  19. ^ "SCSU, UMD HAUL IN 2018-19 YEAR-END HONORS AT ANNUAL NCHC AWARDS CELEBRATION". March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Roman J. Uschak (March 30, 2019). "Minnesota Duluth's Koepke and Mackay connect twice to down Bowling Green, 2-1, in OT to advance in Midwest Regional". Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Wellens, Matt (March 31, 2019). "College men's hockey: Bulldogs heading back to Frozen Four via 3-1 win over Quinnipiac". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  22. ^ "UMD Wins In Frozen Four, Will Play UMass For NCAA Title Saturday". April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "UMD'S SHEPARD AND PERUNOVICH NAMED ALL-AMERICANS FOR 2018-19". April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  24. ^ Andrew Mahoney (April 14, 2019). "UMass draws a complete blank in NCAA men's hockey final". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Scott Perunovich". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  26. ^ John Wawrow (January 5, 2018). "U.S. wins world junior hockey bronze with 9-3 win over Czech Rep". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  27. ^ Chidley-Hill, John (December 29, 2017). "U.S. beats Canada in shootout at first world junior outdoor game". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  28. ^ Wellens, Matt (November 24, 2017). "College men's hockey: UMD freshman Perunovich off to flying start". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "2018 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM GAME NOTES" (PDF). December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  30. ^ "SCSU, UMD DOMINATE 2018-19 NCHC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS". Retrieved April 9, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Henrik Borgström
NCHC Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Taylor Ward
Preceded by
Will Butcher
NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year
2017–18, 2018–19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Clayton Keller
Tim Taylor Award
Succeeded by
Joel Farabee