Hibbing’s Perunovich is Able to Focus with Early Commitment

Junior Verbally Committed to Play for UMD in Early 2015

Getting an offer to play hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth was a dream come true for Scott Perunovich.

“I’ve wanted to play there since I was a little kid,” Perunovich said of UMD.  “My uncle Doug Torrel played at UMD.  A good friend Davey Johnson also played there.”

However, the fact the Bulldogs are coached by Scott Sandelin, a Hibbing native, like Scott, certainly helped his decision.
Didn’t hurt.

“He’s a great guy, knows a lot about hockey,” said Perunovich of his future coach.  “I think he’ll help me get as far as I can.”

“Scott just has an incredible IQ,” said Hibbing coach Todd Versich.  “He plays with such a knowledge of the game, such a vision of the ice.”

Versich has seen Scott develop as a player ever since his star junior first laced up a pair of skates.

“He’s the same age as my son, who happens to be on the team, so I’ve seen him since he’s been 4-5 years old,” said Versich.  “You could definitely tell when he was a youngster that he was a very gifted hockey player.”

Versich says the early commitment takes some pressure off Scott which is a good thing for the entire Bluejacket team.

“He can focus on his development and hopefully he can keep making himself a better hockey player,” Versich said.

This season, the Bluejackets are off to a fast start, and will need Scott at his best if they’re going to unseat Hermantown in Section 7A.

“We’ve been playing really good hockey,” said Perunovich.  “(We’ve got) a lot of chemistry coming on, and we’re just getting better.”

“He’s gonna man the blue line, he’s gonna log a lot of ice for us,” said Versich.  “I think the biggest thing is he distributes the puck.  But the guys around him are going to have to elevate their game if we’re going to make it to the State Hockey Tournament.”

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