Ian Laperriere Quote Book
2010 - 2011
Quotes From Lappy
"I think it's a great acquisition from the team. He's such a good guy to be around and a good defenseman. He knows his role and he brings a lot of experience and stability on defense, and he's won before. You can never have enough of the guys who have won before and know what it takes to go all the way."
On new Flyers teammate Sean O'Donnell, who also played with Ian on the Los Angeles Kings - August 20, 2010 - Official Website of the Philadelphia Flyers
"I wasn't really impressed...I mean I do that in practice everyday [laughs]."
When asked if he was wowed by Giroux's amazing shootout goal - September 25, 2010 - On The Fly! Official PR Blog of your Philadelphia Flyers
"I wanted to play so bad. I know I'll be judged about that decision, but those same people need to be careful because they aren't in my shoes and they'll never be in my shoes. They don't know what I went through in my life to get there. I know it was wrong for me not to tell the medical staff, but I'll live with the consequences."
"I know I've made the right decision now and I'll remain out as long as possible. I'm staying out until I'm 100 percent (this time). I want to be myself when I leave this game."
On the possibility of returning too early after his brain injury - September 28, 2010 - NHL.com
"It's tough for people to understand. I know this is a sport, but since we were little boys, we've had the hockey mentality. Whether it's your brain or your knee, suck it up."
September 28, 2010 - CBCSports.ca
"I want to win so bad, I lied to myself."
On the possibility of returning too early after his brain injury - September 28, 2010 - CBCSports.ca
"If this is it, I had a hell of a run... I played a long time and played a lot of games and met a lot of nice people. It is what it is and I wouldn't change anything."
October 6, 2010 - Courier-Post
"It's a great thing for a great player, a great friend, a great teammate. I'm just glad I was able to make it."
"In today's game they're dinosaurs. I'm privileged to have had a chance to play a bunch of years with Matty."
On former teammate Mattias Norstrom and his work ethic - October 30, 2010 - Helene Elliott's "The Fabulous Forum" on LATimes.com
"The guy could have been more emotional for his ceremony but he's a Swede. They're not like French Canadians."
On Mattias Norstrom keeping his emotions in check during the Kings' ceremony in his honor - October 30, 2010 - via The Fourth Period's @DennisTFP on Twitter.com
"I got caught by surprise a little bit, and like you said, I didn't play in one game, but it's life. I know what it means. It means that I tried to be a good human-being on and off the ice, and when you guys are voting for me, it's telling me that I'm doing a pretty good job off the ice."
On his nomination for the NHL's Masterton Trophy - April 6, 2011 - The Official Website of the Philadelphia Flyers
"It's funny but true and I wish I could have signed here 10 years ago. In saying that, I had a great time in L.A. and Colorado and everywhere I played. As long as I got skates on and teammates around me, that's the best place I can be."
"The happiest place I am is at the rink. I don't know if everyone can say their happiest place is at the office but I can."
"I knew hockey before I met my wife, so it's something that's going to be with me forever. The passion that I brought on the ice was because I loved the game. Off the ice, I always tried to be as normal a guy as I could be."
On his love for the game - April 26, 2011 - NHL.com
"No bitterness - that's the way I play. That's who I am. I'm proud of blocking shots every single game. Like I said, it took 16 years to get a puck to the face and it just so happened I took two that year. I don't regret anything. It's too bad I still have symptoms from it, but I wouldn't change anything."
"Plus, it's the only way I could have ever won a trophy in the NHL. Get two pucks to the face."
On the blocked shot that could possibly end his career - June 22, 2011 - CSNPhilly.com
"I don't think it's ever going to leave, to tell you the truth. Maybe it will, I don't know. Maybe when I'm 45 and can't get out of bed, but I don't know. I'm born and raised in Montreal and hockey is my life. If I do come back it's going to be great but if I don't I'm still going to be involved in the game because that's all I know... It's one thing to be passionate about and it's great if you can find that and I found something, 32 years of it and I won't lose it that easy."
On his passion for hockey - June 23, 2011 - Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports