Colorado College freshman Chase Perry had other pressing issues on his mind before he became the latest member of the Detroit Red Wings organization.
He was readying for a cousin’s wedding on Saturday when he received a text from his uncle, Chad Perry.
“He said ‘Dude you just got drafted by Detroit,’” said Perry, who was selected with the 136th overall pick in the fifth round.
The news was a relief for Perry, who was pleased to join one of the Original Six franchises.
“It is an amazing feeling I have right now,” he said. “They hadn’t talked to me at all but I am very pleased to be part of such a storied franchise that develops great players.”
Perry was the 15th goalie selected, consistent with his pre-draft rankings as the No. 8 North American goalie. The 18-year-old enjoyed a strong 2013-14 regular season (12-2-4, 2.34 goals against, .905 saves percentage) with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League. He stepped up in the playoffs (5-5, 1.83 goals, .933 saves)
The Andover, Minn. native said he will head to the Red Wings development camp next month. The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder will arrive in Colorado Springs in August to start school and begin his CC career, he said.
Perry’s selection means the Tigers are expected to have six draft picks on the roster, including four defensemen. Incoming rookie blue-liner Teemu Kivihalme was picked in the fifth round by Nashville last June.
Former CC commit Fredrik Olofsson, the younger brother of former defenseman Gustav Olofsson, was picked by the Blackhawks at No. 98 overall in the fourth round. The forward backed out of his commit last season.
The highest draft pick in program history is St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (14th, 2010).