Younger Perry brother growing in confidence

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

To a man, the London Knights planned to be glued to their television sets for last night's Canada-Russia world junior hockey final.

But if one -- 17-year-old rookie Adam Perry, a centre and left-winger -- was just a little more distracted than the others prior to yesterday's practice at the John Labatt Centre, it's entirely understandable.

"This is a big thing for our family," Adam Perry said, referring to the fact his brother and Knights teammate Corey, 19, is a member of the Canadian team, as is Knights captain Danny Syvret.

"There's nothing more Corey could really ask for. He came home kind of disappointed last year (after being a final cut by Canada's silver medal-winning junior team) but this year, there's nothing more he could ask for.

"He's playing on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby and the team is going for the gold medal," Adam added before stepping on the ice as the Knights (32-2-2-0) prepared for tomorrow's OHL game in Windsor and home dates Friday against Oshawa and Sunday versus Owen Sound.

While Adam was here last night, perhaps even sharing his world championship-watching time with a Petrolia Jets' Western junior B practice, the Perry parents, Nancy and Geoff, were in the seats for the final at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.

Adam said he spoke to Corey following Canada's 3-1 win over Czech Republic in Sunday's semifinal.

Asked if he offered big brother any advice for the final, Adam laughed and said: "Not really. He plays his own game and he does OK for himself."

Indeed.

But if Corey is the high-profile Perry at the moment, Adam, just a week away from turning 18, is also just a few days beyond a significant hockey highlight.

He scored his first OHL goal (and collected his first point) in the Knights' 5-2 win over Sarnia Saturday. It came in his fifth game with the Knights since his callup from Petrolia, where he scored eight goals and added 13 assists in 27 games.

"It was a big relief," Adam Perry said of goal No. 1. "And Matt McCready, who I played with in Petrolia, assisted on the play for his first OHL point (in nine games)."

Knights coach Dale Hunter likes what he sees in the younger Perry.

"He scored a big goal the other night. He's young but he's getting better. He's getting confidence. With the games here and in Petrolia and the practices here and in Petrolia, he's had a lot of ice time this year and he's better for it."

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The Knights (32-2-2-0 for 66 points) will play three games in four nights starting tomorrow in Windsor (15-14-4-3) at 7:30 p.m. They are back at the John Labatt Centre Friday at 7:30 p.m. to face the Oshawa Generals (12-22-2-0) and Sunday at 2 p.m. to tackle the Owen Sound Attack, the closest team in London's rearview mirror (25-7-3-1 for 54 points).


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