Ian Laperrière (born January 19, 1974) is a Canadian-American former professional ice hockey winger who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). Laperrière spent nine seasons of his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings and also spent time with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, and Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently the head coach for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Flyers.
Laperrière with the Colorado Avalanche in 2007
January 19, 1974|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
St. Louis Blues|
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
158th overall, 1992|
St. Louis Blues
Laperrière played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 1990 to 1993 and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL in the seventh round and pick number 158 in the 1992 draft. He made his NHL debut with the Blues on March 3, 1994. On December 8, 1995, he was traded to the New York Rangers for Stéphane Matteau. On March 14, 1996, he was traded with Ray Ferraro, Mattias Norström, Nathan LaFayette, and a draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla. Laperrière was a mainstay on the Kings roster from 1996 until 2004. On July 2, 2004, Laperrière signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
Laperrière, affectionately known as 'Lappy' to his fans, was an immediate success with Colorado in the 2005–06 NHL season, posting the best points totals of his career. He scored 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points, far ahead of his previous bests of 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season. He quickly became a favorite with the Avalanche fans.
On April 1, 2009, Laperrière fought with David Hale of the Phoenix Coyotes for his 52nd hockey fight in an Avalanche jersey, passing Scott Parker in all-time franchise fighting majors. He was announced as the Avalanches' Masterton Trophy nominee for the 2008–09 season on April 3, 2009. He played in his 1000th NHL game on April 11, 2009, against the Vancouver Canucks in a 0–1 home overtime loss. He led the team that year with 163 penalty minutes, just one more minute than Cody McLeod.
On November 27, 2009, Laperrière was hit with a slapshot in the mouth while killing a penalty at the end of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres. He sat out the second period receiving between 50 and 100 stitches but returned for the third period. He also played the following night against the Atlanta Thrashers. Laperrière lost seven teeth resulting from the incident (two fake and five real). A similar event occurred during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 22. Laperrière was hit in the face near the end of a New Jersey power play, resulting in an orbital injury, and a mild concussion. Laperrière was listed as out indefinitely and his return to the playoffs was considered unlikely. However, after missing the Flyers second round series versus the Boston Bruins he returned for game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. In the May 2010 edition of The Hockey News, Laperrière was awarded THN's John Ferguson Award for "Toughest Player in the NHL" in the 2009–10 season.
During training camp in September 2010, Laperrière experienced symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and nerve damage to his eyes from being hit in the face twice by pucks the previous season. He was then out for the entire 2010–11 season after being put on injured reserve before the season began and then on long-term injured reserve in mid-December to free up salary cap space. Doctors advised Laperrière to retire, although he did not do so at the time. The move was repeated again for the 2011–12 season to free up cap space, as Laperrière's symptoms had not subsided; his number 14 was reissued to rookie Sean Couturier. Despite never playing again after the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Laperrière continued to serve the Flyers off the ice as a mentor to younger players in the organization and in other capacities. For that, Laperrière was awarded the 2011 Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance in the sport of hockey.
Laperrière officially retired June 12, 2012. He was named director of player development for the Flyers on June 29, 2012. In 2013, he also began serving as an assistant coach. On June 5, 2021, he was named the head coach of Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Following his retirement from hockey, he turned his attention to triathlon completing the Ironman North American Championship at Mont-Tremblant (Quebec) in 12 hours, 11 minutes, 55 seconds on August 19, 2013. He also ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012.
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. Louis Blues||NHL||37||13||14||27||85||7||0||4||4||21|
|1995–96||St. Louis Blues||NHL||33||3||6||9||87||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||28||1||2||3||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||10||2||3||5||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||8||15||23||102||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||77||6||15||21||131||4||1||0||1||6|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||3||10||13||138||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||79||9||13||22||185||4||0||0||0||2|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||79||8||10||18||141||13||1||2||3||12|
|2001–02||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||8||14||22||125||7||0||1||1||9|
|2002–03||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||73||7||12||19||122||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||10||12||22||58||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Laperriere returns to lineup with typical tenacity". Fox News.com. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- Dixon, Ryan (May 10, 2010), "09–10 THN Awards", The Hockey News, 63 (24): 31
- "njuries expected to force Ian Laperriere to retire". Sporting News. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- Tim Panaccio (2010-12-13). "Flyers Place Laperriere on Long-term injury reserve". CSNPhilly.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "Laperriere Announces His Retirement". philadelphiaflyers.com. June 12, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Laperriere named Director of Player Development". philadelphiaflyers.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Ian Laperriere Named Phantoms Head Coach". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. June 5, 2021.
- Crowe, Jerry (2002-03-29). "Veterans Emerson, Buchburger reunited". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Biography of Ian Laperriere". Itsallaboutlappy.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Flyers' Laperriere becomes U.S. citizen". Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Fox, Luke (December 20, 2012). "Watch: Maple Leaf, Flyers cameo in 'This Is 40'". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- "Ian Laperriere completes Ironman competition".
- "Former NHL Player Enjoys Solo Challenge of Marathon, Triathlon". 2013-08-16.
- Philadelphia Flyers 2014-15 Media Guide, p. 21. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Laperriere and his wife Magali reside in Haddonfield, NJ with their sons Tristan and Zachary."
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| Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner