A.J. Perry, the 23-year-old younger brother of Ducks forward Corey Perry, has signed an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch.
Perry spent last year with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies and scored 30 goals and 78 points (sixth in the league) in 67 games. He was named an all-star for the ECHL’s National Conference and had an assist in the game, which was played at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Where the brothers are similar in scoring touch, they differ in size. A.J. is 5-foot-11, 195 pounds and doesn’t play as physical a game as Corey, who stands 6-3 and 209 pounds. A.J. has 12 games of experience in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage in 2008-09, when he notched a goal and two assists. He spent most of that year, his first as a pro, in the Central Hockey League, scoring 23 goals in 45 games for the Arizona Sundogs.
The Crunch also announced the signing of forward John Mitchell, who just finished a four-year career at the University of Wisconsin.