Ladies, cheap if you claim to be a Blackhawks fan, the name Brandon Pirri should be a familiar one. The 22-year old center has tactfully dealt with a lot of drama these past few months, which makes us crush on the sultry center even more.
After a promising Training Camp where Brandon’s name was at the top of Blackhawks list as an official replacement for Dave Bolland, he suffered an undisclosed injury that set him back and eventually led to the disappointment of not making the Blackhawks opening day roster. However, Brandon’s name continued to be on the IceHogs ‘hot-list’ of potential call ups and it only took three games into the season for that fateful call from Coach Q before Brandon was dressing with the big boys.
Brandon got the call up this past weekend to start on Saturday night against the Sabres in place of Michael Handzus who had the night off. Brandon skated on the fourth line with two former HAMs Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith. With Brandon’s call-up, Jimmy Hayes was sent back down to Rockford.
We had the chance to talk to Brandon last winter during the NHL Lockout when he was blazing trails and kicking ass with the Rockford IceHogs. Check out our one-on-one with Brandon above where he dishes about his impeccable music taste, biggest ladies man on the team, and his preference for Rockford and Chicago hangouts.
The 411 on Pirri: The 22-year old native of Toronto, Ontario stands at 6’0” and 185 lbs and shoots lefty. In his three years as a Blackhawk, Pirri has played in a total of eight NHL games and continues to be an offensive powerhouse for the Hawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
In 2013 Pirri led the entire AHL in scoring with 22 goals and 53 assists. His name is constantly tossed around as one of the next young stars of the Hawks. An offensive juggernaut, Brandon’s issues remain on defense, something he continues to work with each and every practice.
Pirri started his junior career in 2007 with the Streetsville Derbys of the Ontario Junior Hockey League before committing to Rensselar Poytechnical Institute in the ECAC Hockey conference of the NCAA. Pirri only stayed in college one year before turning pro and was drafted 59th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut in October, 2010 with the IceHogs.
We know we are not alone when we say we hope #37 sticks around for a while. Keep an eye out for this young tour-de-force, on the ice and out on the town. You can follow Pirri on Twitter at @pirri91