Just a year after Canada’s captain, Sidney Crosby, joined the Triple Gold Club at the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 captain became the 27th player and tenth Canadian to join the club, with Corey Perry adding to his Stanley Cup and two Olympic Gold Medals.
Perry joined Team Canada following his Anaheim Ducks’ elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by Nashville, with many seeing the gesture following a gruelling seven-game first round as his attempt to woo Team Canada into naming him to the World Cup roster. However, Perry was named team captain to start the tournament, and quickly made his presence felt on the ice, being paired with Derick Brassard and Taylor Hall, and racking up four goals and nine points in ten games. This marked Perry’s third World Championships, following disappointing finishes in 2010 (7th) and 2012 (5th).
Perry first won the Stanley Cup in 2007, helping Anaheim clinch their first franchise championship in five games over the Ottawa Senators. Perry then was a member of the historic 2010 Vancouver Olympic team that captured Gold in a thrilling overtime win over Team USA, with Perry scoring Canada’s second goal in the 3-2 victory. Perry would win a second Gold again in 2014 at the Sochi Games.
Perry becomes the fourth player (behind Jaromír Jágr, his Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, and his Canada captain Sidney Crosby) to join the TGC in the order of Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and World Championship Gold, and becomes just the second player, along with Niedermayer, to be in the TGC, along with a World Junior Championship Gold Medal and Memorial Cup championship. Perry becomes the tenth Canadian in the Club, now putting Canada ahead of Sweden’s nine members, and can potentially be joined by an eleventh currently active in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, either Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks or Jay Bouwmeester of the St. Louis Blues.
Our congratulations go out to Corey Perry on his achievement in joining this prestigious club of international hockey stars!