BY RANDY RUSSON, RR Media Service
Brett Perlini has chosen the Michigan State Spartans over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, according to SaultThisWeek.com.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound centre has accepted a four-year, full-ride scholarship to attend Michigan State beginning in the fall of 2008. He had been a third-round pick of the Greyhounds at the 2006 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection (pictured above) from the AAA midget Soo North Stars.
Perlini spent the 2006-07 season with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and scored 38 goals in 46 games. The 38 goals tied him for the league lead.
A 1990 birth year, Perlini said it was tough choosing Michigan State over the Greyhounds "because my parents (Fred Jr. and Vicki) both grew up here...I was born here. But the fact that I can play hockey and get an education at the same time was too much to turn down."
Michigan State, deep in U.S. college hockey history, is fresh from the 2007 national championship.
Perlini's father, Fred Jr., speaking from England, where he and his wife reside, echoed what his son said about choosing Michigan State.
"It's an elite school, it's got an elite hockey program. We said all along that education was a top priority for us."