Ian Laperriere News and Photos
Stanley Cup Final - Game 6
Practice - June 8, 2010
Philadelphia Flyers center Ian Laperriere talks with defenseman Kimmo Timonen during practice at the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Philadelphia. The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Flyers in the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Ian Laperriere, Arron Asham, Darroll Powe, Chris Pronger and Braydon Coburn all smile during Philadelphia team practice at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, June 8, 2010.
(Alex Urosevic/QMI Agency)
Laperriere Diary: Mindset For Game 6
Ian Laperriere shares his mindset heading into another must-win for the Flyers on June 8, 2010. (Courtesy of ESPN.com)
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After Brain Injury Scare, It's a Wonderful Life for Laperriere
(from NHL Fanhouse - 6/8/10)
Ian Laperriere had already suffered what doctors termed a "brain injury," blocking a puck with his head in the Flyers' clinching Game 5 victory over New Jersey. Now here he was after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Philadelphia, his hand battered, bruised and blown up after another shot-block attempt gone right and wrong.
"Hey, can you guys recommend a good video on how to block shots?" Laperriere said to a few reporters by his locker room stall. "I'm 36 years old, and I guess I still have no idea what the heck I'm doing out there." Through the pain, Laperriere laughed...
Pregame Look: Laperriere Keeping Flyers Focused
(from CSNPhilly.com - 6/9/10)
In the final home game of what has been his 16th season in the National Hockey League, Flyers forward Ian Laperriere seems to have a crystal clear image of what his role is tonight in the Stanley Cup Final.
This is Game No. 6 and the Flyers need to win against the Blackhawks to force a Game 7 on Friday back in Chicago.
"All season long, our season has been up and down and our backs have been up against the wall," Laperriere said. "Especially, that last game of the year and that Boston series. You just get stronger as a team and hopefully, that pays off tonight..."
STANLEY CUP FINAL - GAME 6
Flyers 3 - Blackhawks 4 (OT)
"Cup or no cup, Ian Laperriere is still a hero."
(@thisisjohnny via Twitter, 6/10/10)
"After 105 games - including a shoot-out win that earned a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season and an epic comeback from a 3-0 series deficit in the conference semifinals - the Flyers' gritty, memorable season came to an end Wednesday night with an unwanted snapshot: the Chicago Blackhawks celebrating on the Wachovia Center ice after winning their first Stanley Cup since 1961."
(from the Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/10/10)
Flyers forward Ian Laperriere yells during the Philadelphia Flyers' game day skate at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010. (Alex Urosevic/QMI Agency)
The Philadelphia Flyers bench celebrates after teammate Scott Hartnell #19 scored a goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers players watch the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Flyers' Ian Laperriere, Chris Pronger and Mike Richards react to losing Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Chicago Blackhawks in Philadelphia June 9, 2010. The Blackhawks defeated the Flyers to win the series and the Stanley Cup. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)
Excerpt from "Top 10 Things That Made 2010 NHL Playoffs Great"
(from NHL Fanhouse - 6/10/10)
The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs were two months of stunning upsets, unexpected goaltending performances, constant surprises and shocking moments. Adam Gretz counts down his top 10 moments of this year's postseason...
9. Ian Laperriere Returns From 'Brain Injury'
And you thought Belanger and Keith were tougher than nails? Philadelphia's Ian Laperriere blocked a shot with his head during the Flyers' opening round series against New Jersey and suffered what was later described as "a brain injury." And he still managed to return to the lineup to help the Flyers on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Insane? Perhaps. But still tough.
Favorite Flyers Moments
(from the Philadelphia Daily News - 6/11/10)
Personally, my favorite memory came in Game 3 against the Bruins in a contest the Flyers actually lost.
Ian Laperriere, his face still disfigured from blocking that shot less than 2 weeks before, was shown on the Wachovia Center scoreboard and he received an ovation for the ages. The overwhelming reception nearly brought Laperriere to tears, and the well-traveled grinder would later say that he was caught off guard because he had only been a Flyer for "7 months and I didn't think they'd know who I was." Actually, Ian, they'll never forget you.
End of the Season
Philadelphia Flyers' Brian Boucher signs a jersey for teammate Ian Laperriere at the team's practice facility, Friday, June 11, 2010, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Flyers End of Year Team Dinner
The Flyers gather for a team dinner one final time before they break for the summer on June 12, 2010.
Photos courtesy of the Official Website of the Philadelphia Flyers
Laperriere: Weird Goals Happen
(from NBC Philadelphia - 6/14/10)
Ian Laperriere talks with NBC 10's John Clark about the Flyers amazing playoff run, trying not to die on the ice and working out harder than ever for a win.
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No Guts, No Glory Award for 2010 Playoffs
Ian Laperriere didn't win the Stanley Cup, instead he earned praise and respect for how he plays the game. (Courtesy of TSN.ca)
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