The ultimate dream of virtually every young boy who laces up a pair of skates is to play in the National Hockey League.
For goaltender Chase Perry, who will make his Colorado College debut this fall, that dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Perry was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 136th overall, on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The 6-foot-3 netminder became the 81st Tiger to be drafted since Bob Collyard and Dale Yutsyk were picked by the St. Louis Blues in 1969.
Perry, who posted a 1.83 goals-against average and .933 saves percentage in 10 playoff games for the North American Hockey League semifinalist Wenatchee Wild last season, became the first CC goaltender to be drafted since Richard Bachman was selected by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as the 120th overall choice.
"I've never seen Chase play, but I've heard a lot of good things about him," Colorado College head coach Mike Haviland said. "He's got the perfect size and athleticism to be a successful goaltender."
The Andover, Minn. native is one of six Tigers on the 2014-15 roster who have been drafted, joining senior defensemen Aaron Harstad (Winnipeg 2011) and Peter Stoykewych (Winnipeg 2010), junior left wing Hunter Fejes (Phoenix 2012), sophomore defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina 2012), and freshman defenseman Teemu Kivihalme (Nashville 2013).
Kivihalme, who also will join CC this season, collected 12 points (3g,9a) in 47 appearances with the Fargo Force in 2013-14, his rookie season in the United States Hockey League. He also helped Team USA win a championship at the World Junior A Challenge in November 2013.
"It's outstanding having two NHL draft picks as part of our freshman class," Haviland said. "It shows Colorado College can be a destination for players who want to get a great education and have a professional career after they graduate."
The last time the Tigers had six drafted players on one team was 2004-05 when the lineup included Joey Crabb (New York Rangers), Scott McCulloch (Chicago), Chad Rau (Toronto), Brian Salcido (Anaheim), Brett Sterling (Atlanta), and Matt Zaba (Los Angeles).