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Flyers’ Laperriere officially retires: “I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the orange and black”

Jun 12, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

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After a 14 year career and over 1,000 games played, Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere officially retired today in a conference call with reporters.

While Laperriere hasn’t played a game since the 2009-10 season — he suffered a serious concussion that would ultimately end his career — he stayed on the Flyers’ long-term injured reserve list over the last two years, working as a club mentor to injured players and encouraging them through their rehab.

Today, though, he called it quits.

“I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the orange and black,” Laperriere explained. “It’s something I would have missed, just to play for a team that cares so much about their fans and cares so much about their players.

“I’m not saying that everywhere else I played, they didn’t care about their players, but nothing compared to what the Flyers are.”

Laperriere said he plans to continue working with the organization and has thought about getting into the coaching ranks. That said, he made it clear he’s still plagued by post-concussion symptoms and re-iterated how appreciative he is of the Flyers.

“You see me at the rink and everything’s good, I have a smile on my face, but trust me, it’s been a really, really tough past two years,” he said. “I’m an actor, you guys know that.  I can put on an actor face. When you get good people around you like I do in this organization, they really helped my transition.

“With those people that I really do talk about my future, they really listen and they give me great advice.  I couldn’t be happier in that regard to finish my career and retire on this team, because I have all that support around me.”

  1. sigep316 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Loved him when he was with the Blues! Hated to see him go. Was one he!! of an agitator.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Lappie Flyer Forever , Cartsie ,Richy King forever Lappie wins !

  3. mydadyourmom - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Hof

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      He won’t make no hall of fame but he made it into a more special place , the soul of the Philadelphia Flyers fan !

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    9 Seasons with the KINGS organization and 1 season with the Flyers and he’s orange and black forever whats that tell you ?

  5. mahhelo - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    One of my favorite King of all time. He played through some very lean years in LA but always played strong.

  6. bleed4philly - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Much love Lappy, one of my favorite players!

  7. philly4lyfe - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    I was at the playoff game in NJ two years ago when he blocked that shot with his face. Was scary to watch.

  8. censoredpost - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    As a 30 yr Kings fan I can tell you he was below average at best. A for effort, C- for talent. Personal escort to the goal for most opposing scorers his first several years with us. Hope the headaches have cleared up though and good luck in the future.

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