Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bentleyville Youth Takes His Game to Boston Ice

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bentleyville Youth Takes His Game to Boston Ice

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In many ways, Bentleyville native David Perchinsky is living the dream of a lot of amateur hockey players.

He's 18, playing junior hockey in Boston and appears to have a good chance of playing in college someday.

On the other hand, his situation is unusual. He is paying his own way, playing what is described as Junior "C" hockey.

Perchinsky is a winger for the Boston Harbor Wolves, a member of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. This is his first year with the club, having previously played the past three years for the Amateur Penguins.

He scored 23 goals with 31 assists last year for the Amateur Penguins' Junior "B" team, which plays about 60 to 65 games a season.

George Kelly, who coached Perchinsky when he played for the Amateur Pens, told this Bentleyville resident about the Harbor Wolves.

"We seem to have developed a connection with George Kelly," said Harbor Wolves coach Steve Hoar. "He promotes his kids very well. It's been a great feeder for us."

Though at first glance, going from Junior "B" to "C" would seem to be a step down, in reality the Eastern Junior League is something of a prep school for hockey players.

"It's a pay-to-play league by USA classification. We couldn't exist if it wasn't pay-to-play," said Hoar.

"But the top 30 players in the league get college scholarships. And premier programs such as the Junior Bruins feed the colleges every year."

Some of the more notable players the Harbor Wolves have placed in colleges are Mike Picone, a former Rhode Island prep star who is now suiting up at West Point for Army's hockey team, goalie Adam Geragosian of Northeastern and forward Nick Collins of Sacred Heart.

Not all players in the Empire League get scholarships, of course. But many who don't, still wind up playing at the Division III level.

Could Perchinsky follow in Picone's footsteps?

"He's working his tail off trying to break into the lineup," said Hoar. "He definitely wants to play college hockey. …

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