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 seriesd 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.
Thanks for everything Laps...class act player hope you stay on comcast staff!!!
Class act all the way, had the heart of a true warrior and was possibly the toughest SOB to ever play the game. Dont know many other guys that would block a shot with his face and be playing a month later and then with post consusion syndrome would hold off retirement for 2 years so he didnt mess up his teams cap.
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.
Awesome to see him stay in the organization ... so glad. He will be perfect in this position too!!
Always great to have your career cut short while you're in Philly........Hatcher, Lappy lead the list of guys that get asked to have jobs in this organization...we have to lead the league in hiring guys that played for us.....Has there every been anyone who's been on the Phantoms coaching staff that HASN'T played for the organization at some point....