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Ian Laperriere With His Retirement Announcement

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Ian Laperriere waited until after the Stanley Cup final ended, with the Los Angeles Kings on top, to announce something that was 2 years in the making.

Laperriere, 38, officially announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday. He spent the last two seasons of his contract working with the Flyers’ prospects in a coaching role after being sidelined with post-concussion syndrome.

Laperriere spent just one season in a Flyers uniform but will go down as one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his sacrifice, dedication and passion.

“I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the Orange and Black,” Laperriere said in a conference call with reporters. “It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that’s probably one of my biggest regrets: not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization.”

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One of my most favorite players ever.  He’s the kind of guy i’ve always wanted to have a beer with.  Even when I hated the flyers, I still respected him and cheered him on the ice.

What a career, best wishes to him and his family and future.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 06/12/12 at 06:28 PM ET

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