2010 Vancouver Olympics gold medalist Corey Perry was born to his parents, Geoff and Nancy.
Perry, who was diagnosed with clubfoot at six months old, promised his mother to play for her on TV someday.
Though his parents are not from any athletic background, they supported Perry in his pursuit.
His father, Geoff, who worked in the police, and his mother, Nancy, were always there to pick him up when he fell.
Now, that Perry has garnered success in his professional life, his parents take a lot of pride in their son.
Born on May 16, 1985, in New Liskeard, Ontario, Corey started very early. He learned to skate at the age of two.
Professionally, he debuted in 2005 with the Anaheim Ducks and currently plays in the position of Right winger with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He joined the Chicago Blackhawks for a one-year, $4 million contract for the 2023–24 season.
Moreover, he also plays for the Canada national hockey team and won several championships, including the 2016 IIHF World Championships.
Furthermore, he became only the second player to combine Triple Gold membership, winning gold at the World Junior Championships, a Memorial Cup, and a World Cup of Hockey.
Corey Perry Parents: Father Geoff And Mother Nancy Perry
Corey “the worm” Perry is the eldest of the two sons of his parents, Geoff Perry and Nancy Perry.
The NHL player’s father, Geoff worked for the Ontario Provincial Police, a family vocation. His grandfather also served in the police. Similarly, his uncle Bob Martin also works as a police officer in London.
On the other hand, his mother Nancy Perry had a corporate job and served as a teller at Scotia Bank.
Father Geoff and mother Nancy were not from an athletic background. But always showed an immense belief in Corey and his abilities.
The gold medalist’s father would go down for coffee in the morning and throw a puck on the ice, and he would zip around.
Moreover, Geoff built a rink in their backyard, full regulation size, with boards and lights for Corey to practice.
Corey’s dedication and support from his parents helped him shine in the hockey realm.
Geoff And Nancy’s Dilemma: Nurturing Corey Through The Challenges
In the early days, Geoff and Nancy were extremely stressed as they wondered if their son would be able to skate.
It was due to the diagnosis of clubfoot, a birth defect in which the foot appears to rotate inward at the ankle when Corey was six months old. He wore a cast and opposite feet shoes.
Though it’s a curable condition but frustrating for a young kid and his parents.
After Corey was cured, his father Geoff kept the cast, which he still has, in one of his closets.
He said, “We still have a set of his casts in one of our closets. He can show it to his kids one day because it’s a big part of his life.”
Younger Brother, Adam, Biggest Competitor And Admirer
Corey’s younger brother is Adam Perry also known as AJ. They were huge Canadiens fans, with Vincent Damphousse and Denis Savard their favorite players.
Adam also used to play hockey alongside Corey on the London Knights’ 2005 Memorial Cup-winning team.
Moreover, Adam was the assistant coach of the London Nationals Junior B Team as well. Despite choosing a distinct career trajectory from his brother, he aligned with the family’s tradition by pursuing a profession in law enforcement, much like his father
Nonetheless, Adam is Corey’s great admirer and competitor. He once said laughing, “His compete level is next level, and it’s contagious. I knew he was special, but for him, it all started in London.”