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Bike crash pauses Laperriere’s Ironman push

Aug 16, 2013, 11:21 PM EST

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Nerve damage to his eye and concussion issues cut Ian Laperriere’s NHL career short, but that didn’t kill his need to compete.

The former Philadelphia Flyers tough guy seemed primed to compete in Quebec’s Ironman North American Championship on Aug. 18, but that dream scuttled when a bicycle crash caused his concussion symptoms to return.

Laperriere admitted to NHL.com that the accident (which happened two weeks ago) might just bring his Ironman push to an end.

“That’s what is so depressing right now, I want to cry,” Laperriere said. “I felt great. I have issues with my eye but that’s from the nerve damage from when I took that puck. But for what I’m feeling now, I haven’t had that in a year-and-a-half or two years … It happened two weeks ago and I was hoping two weeks ago I would get better and haven’t felt that much better. I feel like I’m back where I was in 2010 in the playoffs, just hoping to be 100 percent again.”

He still holds out hope that he can participate, although the fact that the event takes place on Wednesday probably means it’s now out of reach.

It’s an added shame that he generated more than $13K for charitable causes leading up to the event. Still it doesn’t appear that Laperriere is ready to quit just yet.

  1. sheckyrimshot - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    ugh come on, “former philadelphia flyers tough guy”. dude played for 16 years for 5 different teams and was a beast warrior who sacrificed his body for the benefit of his team and a total class act off the ice. its like you’re just fishing for pens/flyers flame wars.

    • vanindeed - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      exactly, the slowest of news days

    • laxman1944 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Darn right…….nothing but class

    • biasedhomer - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      It’s not like he last played for the Flyers or anything, or that he is currently employed by the team.

  2. hockey7515 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Tough luck. As a devils fan i admired the way he was willing to throw himself in front of the puck so quick after getting hit in the face ten minutes before. I wish him nothing but the best.

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  4. jacketsfan7 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I miss this guy , this guy was truly a warrior

  5. joey4id - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Ian was the number 1 left winger when playing Midget AAA and he had a great junior career. He played every game in the NHL like it was his last game, and it was do or die. I hope that he won’t suffer from CTE.

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