It’s hard to live in Los Angeles and be an Anaheim Ducks fan. It’s worse to be a Ducks fan and have Corey Perry as your favorite player. Hockey blogs comment on his dirty plays with his cheap shot tactics, and according to the remarks on numerous blogs, he’s also a coward and punk who can score goals. Often times there will be a comparison between Perry and retired New York Ranger Sean Avery, which is a bit over the top. These endless hockey blogs go on and on about how much they personally hate Perry for being the biggest bully on the face of the NHL.
I’ve grown up watching the Ducks, as I’m only two years older than the franchise and originate from Orange County. I can easily say Perry is the most aggressive player there is on the team, which is exactly why I like him. Each member of the Ducks has their technique with the puck, and Perry’s happens to be a little more forceful than the rest of his teammates and NHL brethren. But because he’s an aggressive and talented sportsman, Perry attracts hate from all corners.
Hockey critics seem to go silent every time Montreal Canadiens‘ George Parros’ name is mentioned as a provoker – who was once a Duck and also a favorite. Parros is also popular for aggregating other teammates, but so often it becomes entertaining.
So let’s take a look at Perry’s recent game and examine if there is any real reason to hate on this All-Star. Perry’s quick reactions make him extremely valuable during power plays, and with the combination of speed and aggressiveness, he becomes one of the most competitive players in the game. His agitating qualities make his puck possession solid, and he identifies weaknesses in opponents. The most criticized play last season was when Perry received a four-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota Wild‘s Jason Zucker. Keep in mind that when you are skating at speeds of an NHL player on ice, it’s difficult to let up or slow down.
And let’s not forget Perry’s 50 goals and 48 assists in the 2010-2011 season. The excellent decision to sign Perry with the Ducks for an additional eight years alongside Ryan Getzlaf will not only improve his game as an aggressor to motivate his opponents, but his technique. Point proven: Perry is no punk, but a limitless player.