April 12, 1962 |
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Catharines Saints
Lee Valley Lions
|NHL Draft||158th overall, 1980
Toronto Maple Leafs
He began playing junior for his home town team Sault Ste. Marie Legion of the OMHA in 1978 scoring 107 points in just 27 games. He then moved up to the OHL to play for the Toronto Marlboros where he played for 3 years accumulating more than 200 points in just 170 games. It was in 1981 that he made history scoring a hat-trick for the Toronto Marlboros one afternoon and going on to play for and score for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL the same day.
Perlini only made eight appearances in the NHL, he scored two goals in this time and added three assists. All the games were for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He took part in 6 Maple Leafs training camps as well as one with the Pittsburgh Penguins and one with the New York Rangers.
In 1986 Perlini moved to the UK to play for the Nottingham Panthers of the BHL where he spent just one season scoring an incredible 171 points in just 35 games. He continued in this rich goal-scoring form with 2 more consecutive 170 point seasons for the Fife Flyers and Deeside Dragons scoring 103 goals in each of those seasons. He went on to play 7 more seasons in the British leagues for Trafford Metros, Blackburn Hawks, Streatham Redskins, Basingstoke Beavers, Lee Valley Lions and finally playing 3 seasons for the Guildford Flames. Perlini scored more than 1400 points in British league games.
During the 2000–2001 season, his #11 shirt was retired to the rafters by the Guildford Flames for outstanding contribution to Guildford Ice Hockey while playing as well as contributions off the ice to the community and junior programs.
After finishing his career in Guildford in 1996, Fred was appointed as Head of Junior Hockey, where he remained until September 2007 when he and his family returned home to Canada. In that time he coached the Guildford U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s and U19s to Southern Division Titles on various occasions.