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Laperriere leaves game after blocking shot with face

Apr 22, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

1-lappy.jpgIan Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers proved again tonight that hockey is not for the faint of heart. In the third period of the Flyers 3-0 series-clinching victory over the New Jersey Devils, Ian Laperriere laid down to block a Paul Martin shot from the point and did so. With his face.

Laperriere hopped up holding his face with a trail of blood behind him and headed immediately to the locker room. According to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, Laperriere had this to say about what happened after the game.

“I was asking Jimmy [McCrossin, the trainer] if my eye was still there. I couldn’t see out of it.”

If that doesn’t tell you how scary the incident was, perhaps this can help put things in perspective for you what it means to be a hockey player.

“I want to see my children grow up with both eyes.”

As Servalli reported there, Laperriere received numerous stitches but did not break his nose on the play. Perhaps now Laperriere will add a face shield to his repertoire.

  1. lynne andrews - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    I am very happy that Ian did’nt have a more severe injury than what it appeared on television since i would have put my odds on the fact he was hit in the eye I’m very happy that he will see his children grow up and as much s I love the game of hockey and the Flyers and the team effort to get to the Stanley Cup I hope he and other defensemen wear a visor in the future if they are determined to block the puck for their goalie

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