Report: Ian Laperriere to officially retire from NHL after Stanley Cup
By Tom Dougherty | @todougherty
Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere has retired from the NHL, although an official announcement won’t be made until after the Stanley Cup Finals, according to a late April Canoe.ca report.
Laperriere, 38, hasn’t played since Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals because of a concussion and eye injury suffered from a blocked shot against the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
“Participating in the final is one of the best moments in my career,” he told Canoe.ca in a phone interview. “But it’s still a bittersweet memory because of the defeat.”
His contract with the Flyers expires on July 1 and retiring now allows him to move into the next chapter of his life while not hurting Philadelphia financially.
The Flyers placed him on long-term injured reserved, which allowed cap relief for the Flyers.
“Lappy” was working with Comcast Sportsnet as a commentator on Pre-Game and Post-Game Live, but said that he is going to stay with the Flyers organization in a mentoring role.
“I love sharing knowledge with young people,” Laperriere said. “I know the organization likes what I do with them.”
“I worked a lot with guys like Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo. They came to my training camp last summer and trained with us. It’s fun and especially rewarding to see them succeed.”
Laperriere signed for three years with the Flyers in 2009 and played only one season in Philadelphia. That’s all it took to become one of the most beloved sports figures in recent Philadelphia sports history.
It all has to do with his warrior mentality, but the play that ultimately ended his playing career has gone down as one of the more memorable plays of a remarkable playoff run.
For a player who played with five teams in 16 seasons, Laperriere said he has no regrets despite having his career cut short due to injury.
“I left everything on the ice and I was lucky to always play in beautiful cities,” said Laperriere. “I played my last game at age 36 and to be honest, I did not think a player like me could stay within the circuit as long.”
Quotes courtesy of Canoe.ca via Google Translate.