|Perry Pearn began his international coaching career in 1986 when he was named an assistant coach for Team Canada’s Under-18 team. He served as an assistant coach for the Canadian National junior Team that captured gold at the 1990 and 1991 World Junior Championships. He was once again behind the bench in 1993, this time as head coach, leading Canada to another gold medal at the World Junior Championships.
From 1978 to 1993, Pearn served as the head coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) of the Canadian College Athletic Association. Under his guidance, NAIT captured six CCHA national championships. Pearn was designated as CCHA Coach of the Year in 1983-84 and collected provincial Coach of the Year honors on five occasions. Before ascending to the NHL, Pearn spent the 1993-94 season in Europe coaching Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss Elite League before taking on the head coaching of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers in 1993-94.