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Perry enjoys emotional night off

Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 2:15 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Perry enjoys emotional night off
DETROIT – Anaheim Ducks star forward Corey Perry took a special car trip across the U.S.-Canadian border Friday night and drove to London, Ont., where he played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.

There, the London Knights welcomed him onto the ice at John Labatt Centre to retire the No.94 jersey he wore there for three memorable seasons. Perry began to get a little emotional as he watched the banner with his former jersey number rise to the rafters.

Afterward, the car he drove there in got a flat tire – but it still couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

“It was a special night,” said Perry, the reigning Hart Trophy winner and Rocket Richard Trophy recipient. “When you’ve got an organization that does that for you at such a young age … normally they wait until you’re retired and done playing hockey, so to have it done already feels special. It was a lot of fun.’

As for the emotions he experienced?

“It was a special night and it was nice to have my family and friends there,” Perry said. “I looked over at my mom when the banner was going up and she had some tears in her eyes and it just got me choked up as well. It was (a little overwhelming). You see the video and they all started chanting my name, so I was pretty emotional. Then the banner going up and knowing it’s going to be there forever, it’s pretty cool.”
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