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Laperriere to officially retire, according to report

Jun 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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Ian Laperriere will formally call it a career this summer, according to a French-language QMI report.

Due to post-concussion syndrome, the Flyers’ 38-year-old forward hasn’t played since the 2010 Stanley Cup finals and it’s been a fait accompli for quite some time that he’d never do so again.

So, why did he wait so long to retire?

CSNPhilly.com explains:

…because of rules in the CBA regarding players who sign contracts after the age of 35, he hasn’t been able to retire because, if he did, his salary would be held against the Flyers. Instead, Laperriere has remained on the team’s long-term injured reserve list, even while he’s appeared on CSN’s programming like Flyers Pregame Live and Postgame Live.

We also assume he wanted to keep getting paid until his contract expired on July 1.

Fortunately, Laperriere says he’s “able to have a normal life” even if playing in the NHL is out of question.

  1. govtminion - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I honestly thought he was retired already, I was confused when I saw the headline. One of my favorite players of recent years- glad he’s going to have a good life after hockey, good luck to him. There should be more people like Ian in the league.

  2. polegojim - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Ditto – very very rarely do you come across a great guy who TRULY is a leader in the locker room and on the ice, who is respected by his opponents, who can throw down with the toughest of them, and still sincerely shake hands at the end of the game!

    Good Player, Great Guy. Love to have 10 of him on my team.

  3. habsman - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    One of the most courageous players of the past 25 years. All the best Ian.

  4. broadstbully33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Great person great leader. When he took that puck to the face to block a shot froze every flyers fan watching..not to mention he came back to finish the game after recieving 50+ stitches. ALL THE BEST IAN..and keep our black aces working

  5. taytay099 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Even people who hate the Flyers have a hell of a lot of respect for him. Glad he can live a normal life after his severe concussions issues.

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