Hockey a brotherly thing for Perrys

JIM KERNAGHAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Corey Perry's eyes brightened at the prospect, and so did those of his kid brother Adam.

Back together after an absence of 15 years, we give you . . . the Perry brothers!

Well, that's the way they'd like to see some NHL public relations type write the script, but for now it's only a distant dream.

"It would be great if it ever happened," older brother Corey, the leading London Knights scorer, said in front of his locker-room stall, which is located near his younger brother's.

"It was neat when I came back from the world junior and they put us together. It was great for my parents to see us on the same line. We meshed well. I've been watching him ever since he was a little kid and I know his style."

Corey, 20 in a few weeks, is in his final year as a Knight and leading the team's Memorial Cup charge. Adam, who just turned 18, is a rookie Knight consigned to the playoff sidelines.

Big brother led the OHL in scoring; little brother got three goals and two assists in the 18 games he dressed.

But the Peterborough brothers actually played before in tyke hockey. Back then, the kid was the phenom, playing a couple of years ahead of himself on a team coached by their dad.

"When we were growing up, I was a lot like he is now. I was the better hockey player in the family," Adam laughed. "I know his style pretty well.

"When we had a couple of shifts together here, we found each other easily."

There is an upside and a downside to joining an older and well-established brother in sports.

The advantage is that Corey Perry has been able to counsel his younger brother on the ins and outs of major junior hockey comportment in practices, games and away from the ice.

The disadvantage is that some fans might expect the young brother to pick up where his older one left off and treat them to the same regular tours de force Corey has shown Londoners the past four years.

The "next" anybody, be it Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky, is always a flawed comparison. When it's your brother, it's even tougher because you have the same name.

Corey was quick to put it to rest.

"He's Adam Perry, a different Perry with a different style," he said. "He's a hard-nosed worker, a checking forward who can score goals. Hopefully, he can crack the lineup next year and be a regular."

The younger Perry has no illusions. His larger, older brother became one of the more accomplished scoring stars in his time with the Knights.

"Doing what he's done here is pretty much impossible for me," Adam said.

But he has been learning the ropes, learning how to be a player at this level.

"He's been a great role model for me," said Adam. "If I do something wrong, he's there to tell me. If I do something well, he tells me that, too. We're pretty close."

The smallish forward will have to get a little closer to Corey in physique over his next three years here. By then, who knows? One day they might be together again with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Kernels

Senior NHL referee Bill McCreary, who is supervising playoff games for the OHL, was telling about the time Danny Markov of Phoenix Coyotes broke him up. After coming back from serving a penalty, Markov gave McCreary some lip, so he sent him back. He came out and did the same thing, so McCreary penalized him again. After the third time, Markov skated up and said, "OK, I surrender.". . . Penalty timekeeper Joe Serratore has made it official. After 27 years doing Knights games, he has informed the OHL he will be retiring after the Memorial Cup series.


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