TRURO - Daniel Perigo is coming home.
The 18-year-old Truro resident is returning to the Hubtown to lace up with the Truro Bearcats after recently being released by the P.E.I. Rocket of the QMJHL. He arrived Monday and will be on the ice Saturday when the Bearcats host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks at 7:30 p.m. at Colchester Legion Stadium.
"It's really exciting to be able to come back and play," the six-foot, 188-pound forward said. "It's good to be home and it's going to be a lot of fun."
Perigo got his feet wet in the junior ranks last season with the Bearcats, posting 27 points - 15 goals, 12 assists - in 46 games. After a summer of hard training, he managed to land a spot with the Rocket this season, but has played in just six of the team's 13 games. He failed to record a point.
"It was a good opportunity but I felt it was better for me to play back here," Perigo said. "Playing is the most important thing and I know here I'll get to play and it's going to be fun."
Bearcats general manager Shawn Evans is just as happy to have Perigo back on his roster. Evans said Perigo plays the kind of game he covets in a skater, bringing a complete package of skill and physical play so valuable as the team looks for a strong showing at the Fred Page Cup, which will be held in Truro in the spring.
"He can play a 200-foot game," Evans said. "He can add offence and he's not afraid to play physical, stand on the boards and get busy. That will help our team."
Although the Bearcats have a much different look than they did last season, Perigo said the transition back to the team will be an easy one and added it shouldn't take long to get comfortable on the ice.
"I just want to help the team win and possibly get to the Royal Bank Cup and win a championship," he said. "I won't be doing it on my own. I just want to help the team as best I can."
The addition comes at a perfect time for the Bearcats, who iced just 11 forwards last weekend as Jordan Cox is nursing a knee injury.