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Ian Laperriere | Winger

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (44) / 1/19/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200
Drafted: 1992 / Rd. 7 (158) / StL
Contract: view contract details

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Former Flyer player Ian Laperriere has joined the team's front office.
Philly announced Friday that Laperriere, who retired about a year ago, will be the team's director of player development. "We are pleased to add Ian to our staff as director of player development," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Ian will work closely with all of our young prospects in the system from skill development to fitness to nutrition. We feel that Ian's experiences and enthusiasm for life and the game of hockey make him the perfect man for this important role." Nice to see a mucker rewarded for his efforts on the ice and in the locker room. Sat, Jun 30, 2012 09:59:00 AM

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The Flyers announced Tuesday that Ian Laperriere has retired.

This comes as no surprise. There were reports last week indicating that Laperriere would retire following the Cup final after sitting out the last two seasons while on long-term injured reserve. Signed by the Flyers in the summer of 2009, he played all 82 games in '09-10 and 13 in the postseason as the Flyers made a run to the Cup final. Laperriere suffered a severe facial injury and concussion in the opening series against New Jersey, but returned to the lineup for the conference final and Cup round. In all or part of 16 seasons, "Lappy" recorded 336 points in 1,084 games.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 03:26:00 PM

Ian Laperriere, who hasn't played since June 9, 2010 because of a head injury, reportedly plans to retire after the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

Had Laperriere retired earlier, his annual cap hit would have counted against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, because he held off on his announcement, Philadelphia was able to keep him on the long-term injured reserve list. He had 336 points and 1,956 penalty minutes in 1,083 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, and Flyers.
Fri, Jun 8, 2012 04:36:00 PM

Ian Laperriere still has not been cleared to play hockey.

Laperriere was the Bill Masterton Trophy winner in 2010-11, presented to the player who best exemplifies persverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, despite not playing a single NHL game. He continues his recovery from an eye injury that may never allow him to play in the NHL again. "I go with the flow," Laperriere said. "I am just seeing where life is going to take me. I try everything, I tried TV last year. Hopefully, if my eye clears up, there’s hope in that regard. I go day by day and I feel better everyday, and it’s just blurry in my eye and hopefully that’s going to go away."
Sat, Jul 16, 2011 12:42:00 PM

Ian Laperriere became the first winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy to not skate in a single NHL game.

"Honestly, I was shocked to be recognized even when I didn't even play a game this year," Laperriere said. "To be recognized as someone that is passionate about the game of hockey is really a great compliment." He gave advice to Philadelphia's prospects in the AHL and helped run practices for the Flyers' scratches in the playoffs when he could've just remained at home and collected his paychecks. Lapierriere has not decided to hang up his skates just yet and he still has one year left on his contract. However, his post-concussion symptoms may keep him sidelined again for most of, if not all of, the 2011-12 campaign.
Thu, Jun 23, 2011 08:09:00 AM

Ian Laperriere won the 2010-11 Bill Masterton Trophy.

This trophy is presented to the player who shows the most perseverance during the season. Laperriere overcame a string of injuries, including a shot to the face. He served the Flyers off the ice, proving his worth for this award. His presence for the Flyers cannot be described in words, truly showing perseverance to the max.
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 09:02:00 PM

Ian Laperriere has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Laperriere suffered a contusion to his brain when he blocked a shot in the first round of the 2010 playoffs. After missing a month, Laperriere returned during the Eastern Conference Finals. Laperriere was unable to play this season as a result of the injury, but he's remained a presence within the Flyers' organization.
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 01:25:00 PM

Ian Laperriere is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms.

"It's the worst time in my career by far," Laperriere said. "It's been hard. I skated with my kids [Sunday] morning and I still just don't feel right. When I work out [off the ice] I am fine. I feel all right. But when I am on the ice, and I see the lights, that's when I don't feel right. I really do believe this is coming from my eye." Laperriere said the vision in his right eye is still blurry around one corner. However, he's stopped seeing neurologists and concussion specialists, saying that everyone says something different and he doesn't see the point right now. He's currently on the Flyers' long-term injury reserve list.
Wed, Dec 22, 2010 10:07:00 AM

Ian Laperriere has been placed on long-term injured reserve by Philadelphia.

The move was made to allow the Flyers to make room on their salary cap for the pending activation of goaltender Michael Leighton. Laperriere has not played this season due to post-concussion symptoms.
Tue, Dec 14, 2010 08:13:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have placed Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome) on injured reserve.

"I'm not retiring now," Laperriere said refuting claims that his career might be over. "My main focus is getting better." The rugged winger admitted that retiring is a thought that has crossed his mind, but for now he just wants to get healthy again. Laperriere sustained nerve damage behind his eye from blocking a shot in the playoffs, which blurs his vision and gives him other problems when he sees lights. He may end up missing the entire 2010-11 season, but we wish him well in his recovery. Stay tuned.
Thu, Oct 7, 2010 10:46:00 AM

There are reports circulating that Ian Laperriere is expected to miss the entire season due to post-concussion syndrome and that his career could be in jeopardy.

Laperriere has been placed on the short-term injury list for now with post-concussion syndrome, but team doctors are still running tests to figure out if his problems relate to a concussion or stem from his injured eye. We'll keep you posted.
Wed, Oct 6, 2010 04:13:00 PM

Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome) will have an MRI on Friday with a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh.

He is listed as being out indefinitely after suffering from post-concussion symptoms during camp. Laperriere commented that he doesn't regret his decision to return to the lineup last May, but he did admit to being disappointed in himself for making excuses for his condition. "I was lying to myself more than anybody," he said. "I always found excuses. I always looked for something to explain my symptoms. I went out there and I had headaches, but it's a hockey game. I would say, 'Maybe I'm dehydrated. I should drink more, maybe I did too much today, maybe I didn't have enough sleep, maybe the dog woke me up' . . . When you want to play, you're always finding excuses."
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 08:30:00 AM

Ian Laperriere is out indefinitely due to post-concussion syndrome.

Laperriere sustained a concussion during the Flyers' 2009 playoff run. He had 20 points and 162 penalty minutes in 82 games last season.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 12:43:00 PM

It looks as if Ian Laperriere will return to action Saturday afternoon for game four of the Eastern Conference finals.

He had been out of action since April 22nd after taking a puck to the head that caused a brain contusion and concussion. Laperriere practiced Friday skating on the Flyers' fourth line alongside Blair Betts and Darroll Powe. If you need him, feel free to activate him.
Sat, May 22, 2010 11:14:00 AM

Ian Laperriere (brain contusion and concussion) will probably return to the Flyers' lineup on Saturday.

Laperriere has been given the green light to return after passing an MRI on Monday and practicing with the Flyers' Friday. He is projected to play on a line with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe.
Fri, May 21, 2010 03:32:00 PM

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