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44 // MARCH 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM R I N K RAT PHOTOS BY Getty Images; Bigstock P O S I T I O N 5-10 175 lbs Defense H O M E T O W N Birthday: August 18, 1998 Hibbing, Minn. Scott Perunovich C O L L E G E N H L D R A F T k University of Minnesota Duluth k Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round (45th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft PLAYER PROFILE Nickname: Scorin' Favorite TV Show: Family Guy Favorite Movie: The Other Guys Pre-Game Meal: Rigatoni Pre-Game Ritual: Doing a dance with Riley Tufte during warmups. Favorite Musical Artist: Lukas Graham Favorite Hockey Memory: Winning the National Championship At What Age Did You Start Skating: I started when I was 3 years old, and did figure skating for the first three or four years. My dad thought you should be able to skate before having a stick in your hands. Three Things You Love Most About Hockey: The friendships you make, the competitiveness, and all the travel experiences. Areas Of Improvement: Everything really. Strength is a big one for me, my shot. Just getting faster, stronger, making the right plays all the time and just trying to limit my mistakes. Q U I C K H I T S H O W P L AY I N G I N T H E W O R L D J U N I O R C H A M P I O N S H I P H E L P E D R A I S E H I S G A M E : "I think confidence-wise it was huge. To make the team and make cuts over some really good players that could 've been on the team too, it was big for me." Follow Scott Perunovich at @ScorinScott @ScorinScott S O C I A L S I D E As a sophomore, Perunovich led the Bulldogs to the 2018 NCAA National Championship with a team- high 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 42 games N O . 7 D I D Y O U K N O W : P L AY E R Y O U M O D E L Y O U R G A M E A F T E R Torey Krug

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