CSN Philly is reporting that former flyer Ian Laperriere is set to retire. Finally. The news has been all over twitter this morning, so if you follow all the current flyers and any reporters you’ve probably seen reports of Lappy’s retirement. Well his “pre-retirement” at least. Reports are claiming that Lappy will announce his retirement sometime after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup finals. So possibly after Saturday, if the Kings end the series in the next game.
Lappy has been out since 2010 after his injury from taking a puck to the face kept him from playing. Basically if he had continued to play, his brain could start bleeding, which would be really bad. Even so, he helped the Flyers get to the playoff by blocking that puck with his face. And fans adore him because of it. I’m glad to see that I actually got to see him play for the flyers before this injury, and the fans did love him as an enforcer. I remember hearing a fan in the crowd yell “Go get him toothy!”
Lappy has still remained active with the Flyers organization, and he is technically still on the roster as he is on the long injury reserve list. He has also been doing some scouting for the organization and as been seen doing some broadcasting on CSN pregame shows and intermissions reports. It’s nice to see Lappy still involved, even if he’s not the ice. That is one of the ways that the Flyers is one of the best organizations to play in, because most player stay within the business after their careers are over. CSN Philly color commentators Rick Tocchet, Keith Jones, and Jim Jackson are all former flyers. Jeremy Roenick, another former flyer also does broadcasting for the NHL Network.
There is not doubt that Lappy will have a long career doing something for hockey, if he decides to tsay with the Flyers organization as a scout. The fans still love him, and wish him the best in his post hockey playing life.
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