Hibbing, Minn. -- About two months ago we watched UMD men's hockey collar in their sixth Hobey Baker award winner in program history in defenseman Scott Perunovich. Perunovich, a native of Hibbing, Minnesota, has a town that is ready to celebrate.
The Hibbing City Council passed a resolution a few weeks ago declaring August 18th the official "Scott Perunovich Day" in the city. The resolution was voted on unanimously according to the Mesabi Daily news.
Perunovich spent three years as a defenseman at UMD… helping the team to two national titles… impressing fans and alumni alike.
"He's one of the most fun guys to watch ever… we went to watch their series in Minnesota and he's electric to watch. Just the way he controls the play. And how good he is with the puck, you always think he's going to do something, he's got a pass that you don't even see coming. Just to have him as a Bulldog as a Hobey Baker winner is awesome for the program to kind of bring in more guys and to see the program's success and that always helps," said former UMD defenseman and current Wild player Carson Soucy.
"Playing at UMD, obviously he's a Hibbing guy but I think most people would consider him a local guy to Duluth. I mean that's pretty cool to have another Hobey Baker winner, I think it puts them at six. Not only for him to win it but just watching him play and watching his hockey IQ. I certainly thought he deserved it and I was certainly pumped for him," said Hermantown-native and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk.