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Favourite player of Medvescak fans, 31-year-old Nathan Perkovich will wear the Bears jersey in their comeback EBEL season. This will be his sixth season in the Den which makes him the player with most caps in the current squad. Right wing born in Canton, Michigan, thrilled Medvescak fans with his dedication on the ice.
Perkovich started his career in USHL where he played three seasons, first one for Cedar Rapids Roughriders and next two seasons for Chicago Steel. In his last season for Chicago Perkovich scored 24 goals and made 28 assists in 56 games which attracted the attention from NHL team New Jersey Devils who drafted Perkovich in 2004 as 250th pick in the 8th round.
After a great start in USHL Perkovich decided to play in NCAA. Perkovich played 113 games for Lake Superior State University scoring 27 goals and assisting 44 times. Those great plays gave Perkovich the chance to sign his first professional contract in 2009 for ECHL team Trenton Devils. His biggest success there were six games played in the playoffs before taking the next step which was AHL.
Perkovich played three years for Ney Jersey Devils affiliate, Lovell Devils who were renamed as Albany Devils in 2010. He played 161 game for Albany scoring 69 points. In September 2011 Perkovich even had a trial at New Jersey Devils camp.
Perkovich came to the Den in 2012 when Medvescak played it's last season in EBEL before opting for KHL where they stayed for four years. Nathan prooved himself as a great player in his first season. Perkovich played 48 games including five in the playoffs racking up 12 goals and 21 assists.
In the next four season Perkovich played 157 games in the KHL. In 2015 he played for Medvescak at the Spengler Cup and in January 2017 he got his 200th cap for the Bears against Avtomobilist at home. He also won five Croatian championships in his current spell with Medvescak.
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Perkovich has shown great love for the nation of his ancestors many times. When he's not playing hockey, Perkovich travels through Croatia discovering the beauty of his home country and taking part in many humanitarian acts. In 2015 he visited Gunja which was destroyed by floods and Memorial home Ovčara near Vukovar along with his teammates. At the end of the last season he became father in Zagreb.
Croatian origin and performances in Medvescak gave Perkovich a chance to play for Croatian national team. He played at three World Championships in Division 1B collecting 15 caps.