David Perron said he remembers seeing Erik Johnson walk on stage when he was the first player in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and he wondered how it would feel to have his name mentioned in front of the entire hockey world.
But that dream didn’t come true that year, but the following year, at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Perron was finally able to experience what it felt like when St. Louis Blues announced his name to the hockey world as the 26th overall candidate in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He would later join the Edmonton Oilers in 2013 after spending six years with the Blues. He then played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Anaheim Ducks before moving to the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, where he currently serves as an assistant captain.
Prior to his NHL career, David Perron played one season with the St-Jérôme Panthers and another with the Lewiston Maineiacs, both teams belonging to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Below are all the other facts you need to know about this fantastic NHL player, his biography, his contracts, his salary, and much more
David Perron – Biography
He was born on 28 May 1988 in Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada). No information about his parents, siblings, early life, background or educational history is available online.
Perron began his career with the Saint-Jérôme Panthers, where he played 51 games. The following season he played 70 games for the Lewiston Maineiacs, scoring 39 goals and 83 points, during which time the Maineiacs took part in the Memorial Cup and won the President’s Cup.
His NHL career began in 2007, when he was seeded by the St. Louis Blues to 26th place overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. After a successful camp training, he was able to play his first NHL game and in November 2007 he scored his first career goal in the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, while his first NHL hat-trick came in November 2009 against the Vancouver Canucks.
After playing ten games and scoring five goals in the 2010/2011 season, Perron was unable to play for the next 13 months after suffering a concussion from a large check from Joe Thornton. That year he renewed his contract with the Blues and remained with them until 2013 when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi.
The Oilers sold David to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015 for Rob Klinkhammer. The next day he made his first appearance for the team that scored the only goal in the 4-1 defeat to Montreal Canadiens. The following season Perron scored one of his lowest points in the league and was soon traded to the Anaheim Ducks alongside Adam Clendening in exchange for Carl Hagelin 2016.
As a free agent for the Ducks in 2016, Perron decided to return to his first club – St. Louis Blues. Back in the Blues, Perron recorded his third hat-trick in his career and also scored 18 goals, with 46 points scored in each game with the Blues. But in 2017, he left the Blues for the second time after remaining unprotected and was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He is currently the club’s deputy captain.
Contracts, Salary, Net Worth
In 2007 David Perron signed a 3-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth USD 2,755,000 with a base salary of USD 875,000. After the contract expired, he renewed his stay at the club by signing a two-year contract worth $4,300,000 with a base salary of $1,800,000 in the first year and $2,500,000 in the second year.
In 2012, he again signed a four-year contract with the Blues worth $15.25 million, with base salaries as follows: $3,000,000 in the first year, $3,500,000 in the second year, $4,250,000 in the third year and $4,500,000 in the fourth year.
The last contract with St. Blues was in 2016, when he signed another two-year contract with the club valued at $7,500,000, with an annual salary of $3,750,000 for each of the years. As of 2018, the net worth of the captain of the Vegas Golden Knights is estimated at $4.5 million.
His Height And Other Facts
David stands at 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) and weighs 94 kg 200 lb (14 st 4 lb).
He is not married but has two lovely children (Mason and Victoria) with his longtime girlfriend and partner Vanessa Vandal. His girlfriend can also be seen in the show Hockey Wives.
The couple shares a house in Canada with his two children, two dogs (Jack and Stella), and a calico cat named Alice. He is an ambassador for the Athletes for Animals Foundation.
When David Perron is not playing, he likes to spend time on the lake with his boat.