| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
|Born|| January 19 1974,|
Montreal, QC, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 158th overall, 1992|
St. Louis Blues
|Pro Career||1993 – present|
Ian Laperrière (born January 19, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL), but who has not played since the 2009–10 season because of post-concussion syndrome.
Laperrière played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 1990 to 1993 and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL in the 7th round and pick number 158 in the 1992 draft. He made his NHL debut with the Blues on March 3, 1994. On December 8, 1995, he was traded to the New York Rangers for Stéphane Matteau. On March 14, 1996, he was traded with Ray Ferraro, Mattias Norström, Nathan LaFayette, and a draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla. Laperrière was a mainstay on the Kings roster from 1996 until 2004. On July 2, 2004, Laperrière signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
Laperrière, affectionately known as 'Lappy' to his fans, was an immediate success with Colorado in the 2005–06 NHL season, posting the best points totals of his career. He scored 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points, far ahead of his previous bests of 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season. He quickly became a favorite with the Avalanche fans.
On April 1, 2009, Laperrière fought with David Hale of the Phoenix Coyotes for his 52nd hockey fight in an Avalanche jersey, passing Scott Parker in all time franchise fighting majors. He was announced as the Avalanches' Masterton Trophy nominee for the 2008–09 season on April 3, 2009. He played in his 1000th NHL game on April 11, 2009, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 0–1 home overtime loss. He led the team that year with 163 penalty minutes, just one more minute than Cody McLeod.
Unable to agree to a new deal with the Avalanche, Ian signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 1, 2009.
On November 27, 2009, Laperrière was hit with a slapshot in the mouth while killing a penalty at the end of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres. He sat out the second period receiving between 50 and 100 stitches but returned for the third period. He also played the following night against the Atlanta Thrashers. Laperrière lost seven teeth resulting from the incident (two fake and five real). A similar event occurred during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 22. Laperrière was hit in the face near the end of a New Jersey power play, resulting in an orbital injury, and a mild concussion. Laperrière was listed as out indefinitely and his return to the playoffs was considered unlikely. However, after missing the Flyers second round series versus the Boston Bruins he returned for game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. In the May 2010 edition of the The Hockey News Laperrière was awarded THN's John Ferguson Award for "Toughest Player in the NHL" in the 2009–10 season..
His postseason play, however, came at a cost; during training camp in September 2010, Laperrière experienced symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and nerve damage to his eyes from being hit in the face twice by pucks the previous season, and was announced as out for the entire 2010-11 season just before the season began. He was put on injured reserve before the season began, being placed on long-term injured reserve in mid-December to free up salary cap space, and doctors have advised Laperrière to retire, although he has not yet formally done so. The move was repeated again for the 2011–12 season to free up cap space, as Laperrière's symptoms have not subsided; his number #14 was reissued to rookie Sean Couturier.
Despite missing all of the 2010-11 NHL season with post-concussion syndrome, Laperrière continued to serve the Flyers off the ice as a mentor to younger players in the organization and in other capacities. For that, Laperrière was awarded the 2011 Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance in the sport of hockey.
Ian was sworn in as a naturalized US citizen on August 30 in a ceremony in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. Louis Blues||NHL||37||13||14||27||85||7||0||4||4||21|
|1995–96||St. Louis Blues||NHL||33||3||6||9||87||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||28||1||2||3||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||10||2||3||5||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||8||15||23||102||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||77||6||15||21||131||4||1||0||1||6|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||3||10||13||138||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||79||9||13||22||185||4||0||0||0||2|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||79||8||10||18||141||13||1||2||3||12|
|2001–02||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||8||14||22||125||7||0||1||1||9|
|2002–03||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||73||7||12||19||122||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||10||12||22||58||—||—||—||—||—|
- ↑ Flames keep Simon, add ritchie. ESPN.com (2004-07-02). Retrieved on 2009-04-20.
- ↑ Hejduk has another two-goal game as Avalanche tame Wild. cbssports.com (2006-10-29). Retrieved on 2009-04-20.
- ↑ Frei, Terry. ""Lappy" is Masterton nominee", denverpost.com, 2009-04-03. Retrieved on 2009-04-20.
- ↑ Laperriere a whole different guy off the ice. nhl.com (2009-03-22). Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian. "Lappy's 1000th game invokes look at future", denverpost.com, 2009-04-11. Retrieved on 2009-04-12.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian. "Avs fighting to the finish", denverpost.com, 2009-04-12. Retrieved on 2009-04-12.
- ↑ "Laperriere returns to lineup with typical tenacity", Fox News.com, 2010-05-24. Retrieved on 2010-05-27.
- ↑ Dixon, Ryan (May 10, 2010), "09–10 THN Awards", The Hockey News vol. 63 (no. 24): 31
- ↑ "njuries expected to force Ian Laperriere to retire", Sporting News, 2010-10-06. Retrieved on 2010-10-27.
- ↑ Tim Panaccio (2010-12-13). Flyers Place Laperriere on Long-term injury reserve. CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
- ↑ Crowe, Jerry. "Veterans Emerson, Buchburger reunited", LA Times, 2002-03-29. Retrieved on 2010-06-07.
- ↑ Biography of Ian Laperriere. Itsallaboutlappy.com (2010-06-07). Retrieved on 2010-06-07.
- ↑ Flyers' Laperriere becomes U.S. citizen. Retrieved on September 01, 2011.
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