I just read a report that gave me a very heavy heart.

Our team’s soul for many years, Ian Laperriere, will likely have to retire. Doctors have told him that he should retire to avoid the risk of permanent damage to his eye. Recall that he suffered a concussion, a fractured orbital bone and a brain contusion in game 5 of the playoffs against the Devils. He was hit by a shot. He came back in the conference finals and lasted throughout the Stanley Cup finals. Here is the NHL article.

Ian.

Our Lappy.

8 years as a King.

I have many fond memories of him. His never-ending smile. His love of the game, the team, the fans. That nose! How many teeth have you lost, Ian? L.A. loved Lappy. I loved him and still do. It broke my heart when he left as a free agent but I knew it was the right move for him at the time. He was the only reason I would have been thrilled if the Flyers won the Cup this past season. He played like a warrior. He will leave the game as one.

I do hope he retires. I don’t want to see him disabled. It’s time. He is 36. He has a wife and two kids. He has done the right thing throughout his career. He has always put the team before him. The team that needs him the most now is his family.

We love you man.

Ian Laperriere