Ian Laperriere calls it a career
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Laperriere was forced to sit out the past two seasons due to concussion- related symptoms.
The 38-year-old Laperriere was struck by a puck above his right eye in a first-round playoff series against the New Jersey Devils in 2010. Despite suffering a concussion and fractured orbital bone, Laperriere returned a little more than a month later to appear in the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal and Stanley Cup Final versus Chicago.
Since his injury, Laperriere has remained in the Flyers organization helping with draft picks and prospects.
In his only season with the Flyers, Laperriere had three goals and 17 assists in 82 games. He added one assist in 13 playoff contests.
"It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that's probably one of my regrets, not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization," Laperriere said. "I'm just glad I had a chance to wear the orange and black. It's something I would have missed, just to play for a team that cares so much about their fans and cares so much about their players. I'm not saying that everywhere else I played, they didn't care about their players, but nothing compared to what the Flyers are."
Over 1,083 career NHL games with the Blues, Rangers, Kings, Avalanche and Flyers, Laperriere recorded 121 goals, 215 assists and 1,956 penalty minutes. He also tallied three goals and 10 assists in 67 playoff contests.
06/12 15:57:28 ET