Well it’s official, Ian Laperriere has retired from the sport of ice hockey. As posted a few weeks ago, Lappy was getting ready to announce his retirement after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. Now that the LA Kings have won the cup, Lappy has done just that.
Unfortunately his career was cut short due to injuries his sustained while playing as a Philadelphia Flyer. If it was not for this injury Lappy probably had a few more years of playing on the ice left in his career, and he would most likely still be suiting up in a black and orange sweater. It is no surprise why Flyers fans support Lappy. He showed determination, grit and toughness that we like to see in our players. He was a big enforcer, which is how he got that injury in the first place by blocking a shot with his face, which really earned him the support from the fans. So we are glad to see him retiring as a Flyer, even though he was only a player on the team for a season.
But this is not where Lappy began his career with the NHL. He has been in the league for a total of 19 years and was initially drafted in 1992 by the St. Louis Blues. He played for juniors and minors for a bit and didn’t really get the chance to play for the Blues until ’93. He ended his term with the Blues when he got traded for a season to the Rangers in ’95. Then he played for the La Kings for 9 consecutive seasons. In 2005 he went to play in Colorado for the Avalanche and finally for the Flyers in 2009 to end out his career.
Lappy is a seasoned player and it is clear that he had a good run while still in the NHL, but don’t think that this is the last we will hear from him. Over the past two years, Lappy has still remained active with the Flyers organization through scouting and some broadcasting spots, so it is clear that he not going to leave the game completely. He just won’t be on the ice any longer.
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