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UMD alum Scott Perunovich honored at Hobey Baker Memorial Banquet

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Lake Elmo, Minn. -- It was back in April that UMD fans watched Scott Perunovich's name be called on ESPN, becoming the sixth UMD hockey player in history to win a Hobey Baker award.

Although Scotty was supposed to be honored in Detroit, Michigan during the Frozen Four, the Hibbing-native settled for a day honoring his Hobey Baker Award here in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

Perunovich reflects on a three-year, decorated career in a Bulldog sweater... in that time shattering records as a defenseman and helping the Dawgs to back-to-back national championships.

"It's a crazy, crazy feeling for sure. Never thought I'd be apart of something like that. Kind of slowing things down and taking a look at the coaches I've had, the teammates I've had has been wonderful. I picked the perfect school. I wouldn't be here if I didn't go to UMD," Perunovich said.

Of course that coaching staff that Scotty credited so much was in attentance today to support their all-star defenseman.

I'm just bummed out I wasn't that good," UMD head coach Scott Sandelin said. "Real special for him and certainly for Hibbing. For us to be from the same town, I'm extremely happy for him and his family."

"My family is super excited, my friends, being able to see this just a super exciting day for everyone involved," Perunovich added.

And whether or not his family is prouder of the person or the player more?

"The person, for sure, that's a simple question," Scott's dad Jim Perunovich said. "I think I talked to someone yesterday and I said I'd rather have a lousy hockey player and a great kid than a lousy kid and a great hockey player and we have three great kids and Scotty is one of them."

Now Scotty looks forward to joining the St. Louis Blues this coming Fall when the NHL season resumes, he was down there in St. Louis working out with the team this Summer.

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