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Lapierre apologizes to Boyle: ‘I feel terrible for him and his family’

Oct 16, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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The day after sending Dan Boyle to hospital with a controversial hit from behind, Maxim Lapierre is offering up his apologies.

“First of all, I would like to apologize to Dan,” Lapierre told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You never want to see someone feel that way and, as tough as it is to look at for the fans and his teammates, I feel the same way.

Lapierre, who was tossed from Tuesday night’s game and now faces an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, said it wasn’t his intention to hurt Boyle, adding he was just trying to finish his hit.

That said, Lapierre recognized and acknowledged his responsibility in a collision that led to Boyle being knocked unconscious and stretchered off the ice.

“I was just trying to finish my hit. But like I said, it’s no excuse,” Lapierre explained. “It’s terrible. It’s not fun to look at somebody on the ice and the only thing I want to focus on right now is that hopefully he gets better.

“I feel terrible for him and his family.”

Lapierre, known around the league as “Yappy Lappy,” also addressed his reputation as a dirty player that likes to chirp opponents. He was hopeful that reputation wouldn’t prevent Boyle from eventually speaking with him about the incident (Lapierre has already tried to contact Boyle, but Boyle didn’t answer).

“Obviously, it’s a tough day for him and his family and it’s tough for him to answer a guy who just hit him,” Lapierre said. “But I’m going to try to call him back later in the year when it’s a better point.”

  1. bcsteele - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    At least you reached out to him. But as a Blues fan (and I posted about this in the first post), you’re still a dirty player and we’re plenty deep without you. I wasn’t excited when they brought you on. We’re a tough team, but we don’t play that way. You hurt one of the most respected, class acts (my opinion) in the game, and not to mention (and trust me Sharks fans I’m not saying it would have meant much) you got a big game off to that kind of start where we get burried early on the penalty kill. That’s not a team player and the Blues have no “super star.” We’re a team game. Get with it or get out. I hope het gets a proper punishment for the crime.

    • skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Much appreciation and respect from this Shark fan for you and all the other Blues fans who’ve stepped up and said “this doesn’t represent the Blues and their fans.”

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Echo this comment. Very classy from the rest of the St. Louis crowd. Don’t often see fans going after one of their own on something like this. Super cool to know that it’s not tolerated, no matter who’s side it’s on.

      • 950003cups - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        I like all the “opinions” here. I LOVE how they all change depending on who the culprit is.

        As soon as Matt Cooke tries to ruin the next guy’s career, and you know it its as inevitable as “death and taxes” I wanna see all the Pens fans reactions. I’ll bet those same fans who spoke of him as a changed man, will be first to crucify him. I would guess that the Wild fans, who are already skeptical of his presence will run him out of town.

    • kingcobraman - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      its to bad your a nobody… the GM and coach brought him in for a reason, did they call to get your approval ? things happen fast on the ice not at home watching tv..

      • bcsteele - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I fail to understand your point. Just because I’m not a decision maker and am a fan, doesn’t mean I can’t voice my opinion on the matter. What the hell is there a comments section for?

  2. joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Why is Lapierre publicly apologizing before speaking with Boyle? Contrite? Keep it private and let Boyle go public with your apology if he chooses to do so. This guy has no credibility.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      I just have to laugh at how you continue to dog a guy while supporting a team who signed a guy whose been WORSE than Lapierre. Just because it wasn’t recent, it’s ok. Hypocrite.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        What the hell do you know about what team I’m supporting wanna be? You’re obviously ignorant because I don’t have a dog in this race so I couldn’t care less about the team. Obviously you do.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        I’m sorry. What team do you support then? Why does that make me ignorant for making a judgement call on which team you support based on your comments? What makes me ignorant. Yes, I care about my team as a fan, but no I don’t condone nor care for what Lapierre did. The Blues don’t need that. They have a good, arguably, better, team without him. How about instead of name calling you simply say I’m not a Sharks fan, I’m actually a _______ fan instead of name calling.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Perhaps you should have inquired before assuming, and refrained from calling me a hypocrite. Next, I don’t identify myself with a specific team. I prefer being a fan of the game, which clearly doesn’t skew my judgement and allows me to remain objective.

      • titansrbeast - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Wow, that’s kind of stupid to not “identify” yourself with a team. I know I could never watch a sport and NOT choose a team. Of course, to each their own but really? No team?

        That’s weak.

    • chicagobtech - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Is Lapierre’s public apology a bit of PR? Sure. But if he’s trying to get ahead of people grumbling about not making an apology I’d think this is probably the best way to do it.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        But after he hit Boyle last night he wasn’t very contrite. He was pleading his innocence. Actions speak louder than words.

  3. skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    This is nothing but PR with the hopes of getting a reduced suspension. If he really felt bad, he wouldn’t keep doing the same things over and over.

    • pone27 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      dont see the PR aspect of this at all. Lapierre is clearly stating there is no excuse for the hit, and is prepared to take the time off for it.

      a player may play dirty at times, but when a player does commit a bad hit and knows it, and he is going out of his way to apologize, then IMO, he is manning up to his actions and is ready to pay the price.

      This isnt like the Torres/Hossa hit. Torres defines scum. Lapierre is defined as an overly dirty player with the intention to play the game hard, but is not out there to send people to the hospital.

      Hopefully Boyle is ok, and hopefully Lapierre realizes his style of play needs to be tuned down a notch.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      The same things over and over? Show me the repetitive pattern of suspensions he’s had over his career. Does the NHL increase suspension length based on the amount of penalties a person takes or if they’re an agitator?

  4. dfpoor - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    How many games should he get? 30? I saw it live on NBCSN. Worst cheap shot I have ever seen.

    Some apology. Lappy was just finishing his check. By bashing a mans skull against the top edge of the board. It looked like he tried

    • dfpoor - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Looked like attempted decapitation. Boyle cant take calls, his jaw is wired shut!

    • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Well, you’re name suits you, since that was a poor attempt at a post (which you continued in a second post when you messed up the first).

      Worst cheap shot you’ve ever seen? Did you start watching hockey this year? It doesn’t even compare to some of the classics, like McSorely on Brashear, Lemiuex on Draper or Simon on Hollweg. There are newer ones too, like Cooke on Savard, Torres on Hossa or even Keith on Sedin.

  5. shutyourfivehole - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Lots of words, and he does say “I apologize to Dan” which he should, but he should just come out and say it “I’m sorry I hit you in the back on purpose and shoved your face into the sharp edge of the boards”. This was no accident and it wasn’t “finishing a check”. Dan Boyle is a warrior and one of the classiest guys in the NHL. The exact opposite of Lapierre. Blues fans have been outstanding. Get well soon Danny B!

  6. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    It was a stupid hit, but “worst cheap shot you’ve ever seen”? Did you just start watching this season??? How about Bertuzzi’s career ending tomahawk from behind, followed by a face slam to the ice? Raffi Torres’ 30″ vertical leap to elbow Hossa in the face? A number of Tootoo’s and Kaleta’s “hits”? Hell, I saw a HUGE cheap shot on Sobotka during the preseason by Adam Erne that got him a whole 3 preseason game suspension (smh)

    You can’t possibly say it was the worst cheap shot. SJ fans, have any of you mentioned why Stuart wasn’t playing against the Blues the other night? Still not back from that suspension for elbowing Nash? The guy is 2″ shorter than Nash, yet somehow elbows him in the side of the head.

    As I’ve said before, the Blues and their fans aren’t very fond of players putting their team on the hole like Lapierre did. Perron couldn’t control his “pest” behavior, so we sent him to Edmonton. We have proven guys like Porter and Cracknell that everyone would rather see anyway. I honestly hope there is a suspension, and I say good riddance!

    • gsprulz - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      Stuart’s on Nash was accidental at least. Two inches doesnt matter when you go in for a hit when a guy is a little slouched. Contact brings a ricochet momentum if you go in with shoulder because of the angle and speed he went in at. It was just bad luck for both sides.

  7. bleedingteal4life - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Look at lapierres face after the hit, and tell me he isn’t smirking.
    He knew what he was doin the whole time

  8. sharkie29 - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Easier to say than act.

  9. jhaegs - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    @gaprulz

    I wish I could magically know what is going through people’s minds like you can. You know how to keep from elbowing people on the head? Keep your damn elbow down when making a hit. He didn’t accidentally raise his elbow. Did he accidentally elbow Pavelski in the mouth in 2010? Also, I love hearing all the “Raffi is a changed man” talk. Didn’t he get suspended in the playoffs LAST YEAR? Well I guess since he didn’t cheap shot anyone in the offseason, he’s a saint all of a sudden.

  10. matt14gg - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I honestly couldn’t care less about an apology from LaPierre. It’s mostly done for PR purposes anyway. I just can’t stand LaPierre the hockey player. He’s always played the game the wrong way and the sooner he’s out of the league the better. He has no guts, no honor and no problem cheapshotting/hurting a guy and skating away with a smirk on his face. He’s everything bad about the game. If they ever remove fighting from the game you will see more of his style of hockey and that’s not a game I want to see.

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