Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Brahmas sign enforcer Nathan Perrott

Expected to start on Wednesday; Rights to Seibel acquired from Tulsa

When I learned this past weekend that right wing Nathan Perrott was joining the Texas Brahmas after a brief stint in Russia, all I could think about (besides what an amazing addition to the team at this time of the season) was how great a recruiter Dan Wildfong was. The “if we need it, I’ll get it” continues to hold true for the Texas Brahmas head coach.

There’s no doubt that the Brahmas have been in need of an enforcer since the season began. Some thought it might be Derek Merlini. Some thought it might be Luke Sellars (who is doing a great job on defense). Nathan Perrott will fill the role nicely.

The Brahmas announced today that Perrott has been signed to the roster and will start in Wednesday night’s game against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.

Dan Wildfong believes the addition of Perrott will make a big difference at this point in the season.

"Nathan will give us that extra edge we have been searching for this season,” Wildfong said. He is a proven leader and is tough as nails; his game will elevate our game on the ice for the remaining stretch.”

Perrott, 33, has been known in his professional hockey career as “Rock”, which perfectly describes the 6’ 1”, 235 pound right wing’s physique; solid as, with nary an ounce of fat on him.

As a young man growing up in Ontario, Perrott had two dreams – to be a professional hockey player and a heavyweight boxer. He started boxing when he was 15 years old but left home at 18 to pursue a hockey career.

Perrott played junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for two seasons (1994-95, 95-96) where he tallied 108 points (48 G, 60 A) and 391 penalty minutes in 122 games played. Perrott was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (44th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He had a four-game call up to the Albany River Rats (AHL) during the 1995-96 season but saw little playing time.

He was traded five games into the following season to the Sault Saint Marie Greyhounds where he scored 41 points (18 G, 23 A) with 120 penalty minutes in 37 games played.

For the next 10 seasons, Perrott played in the ECHL, IHL, AHL and NHL, where he played in 89 games with the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars.

After four games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) in 2007-08, Perrott went to Russia to play for Chekhov Vityaz (KHL) and remained with the team through last season.

Perrott, who has never forgotten his dream of being a boxer, believes he’s had about 350 fights during his hockey career.

During his time in Russia, Perrott struck up a friendship with former Olympic gold medalist and currant IBF number-one ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin. Perrott returned to the U.S. to New Jersey, settled in New Jersey and hooked up with trainer Joe Grier. On September 11th, Perrott made his debut as a professional boxer, winning his first bout with a fourth round TKO.

Now, Perrott will bring both his hockey and boxing skills to the NYTEX Sports Centre to help the Texas Brahmas defend the President’s Cup. He fills the roster spot recently opened when Anders Strome was placed on waivers.

The Brahmas also announced that they had acquired the rights to defenseman Kevin Seibel from the Tulsa Oilers. The transaction completes the trade that sent Derek Merlini to Tulsa prior to the 2009-10 regular season. Seibel played 36 games with Tulsa last season collecting 14 points (3 G, 11 A).

Photo Credits:

Nathan Perott - Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs
Kevin Seibel – Les Stockton

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