Tag: Ian Laperriere

Peter Laviolette

Flyers fire Peter Laviolette; Craig Berube to take over


According to Philly Daily News’ Frank Seravalli and CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette after four seasons and three games.

Seravalli reports assistant coach Craig Berube will take over. Whether that’s on an interim basis or not remains to be seen. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports John Paddock and Ian Laperriere will join as Berube’s assistants. He adds that assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also let go.

After missing the postseason last year and getting off to an 0-3-0 start this season, rumors had already begun swirling that perhaps a trade was coming. Instead, it appears Laviolette’s time as bench boss is at an end.

Laviolette was hired during the 2009-10 season after John Stevens was dismissed as Flyers coach. That year he led Philly to the Stanley Cup Final before ultimately losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. He then led the team to the playoffs the next two seasons, bowing out in the second round each time.

According to Kevin Gibson of TSN Research, this is the quickest firing to start an NHL season.

A press conference has been called for 11 a.m. ET today in Philadelphia.

Laperriere reaches Ironman goal, after all


His concussion symptoms returned a couple weeks ago, but that didn’t stop Ian Laperriere from scratching that competitive itch on Sunday.

The former NHL tough guy fought off the effects of a bike crash to complete in Quebec’s Ironman North American Championship. Wayne Fish reports that he finished the event in 12 hours, 11 minutes and 55 seconds.

All he did was take on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and ran a marathon [26.2 miles]. “Lappy” is really taking it easy with hockey behind him, eh?

The Philadelphia Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac tweeted this heroic pose:


The event’s official Twitter feed shared this, as well:


Even for a guy as tough as Laperriere, this is a surprising feat, but new Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins isn’t surprised he gutted it out.

Not having teeth helped land Ian Laperriere a movie role

Ian Laperriere

There’s a movie making its premiere this weekend called “This Is 40” from director Judd Apatow. In it, there’s a cameo featuring Flyers and former Flyers alike in Ian Laperriere, Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle, and James van Riemsdyk.

It was Laperriere who was able to get his former teammates into the movie, however, and as he told me while scoping out future Flyers prospects at Team USA camp in Hawthorne, NY how he landed a spot in the film was a bit of dumb luck.

“There’s a friend of mine in L.A. who told a PR guy in Philly they’re looking for a guy without teeth for a small part. So I give them my name and if it works, it works,” Laperriere said. “Sure enough, a month later we were in L.A. filming and Hartnell, JVR, and Carle were there with me. I was in the right place at the right time with no teeth.”

Oddly enough, there was another former Flyer teammate who almost ended up in the movie with them.

“They thought about [Dan] Carcillo at the time, but he didn’t have his green card at the time and couldn’t do it.”

Imagine having Dan Carcillo’s big mug on a movie screen.

Now that Lapierre is in retirement, how does he compare shooting a film to playing hockey? Movie life is rough.

“It’s harder, man. It’s harder. On the ice, you’re an hour and a half on the ice and then to the gym. There, you’re on the set at seven in the morning to 11:30 at night. One day! I can’t imagine they do that every day. They deserve what they pay them, it’s hard work.”

Would he do it again? Probably not…

“I’m all about the experience. I don’t want to be an actor,” Lapierre says laughing it off. “My kids won’t see that movie any time soon. When they’re 18 or they’re 16 they can watch it. My wife and I laughed a lot though, we really enjoyed it.”

On top of all that, he got to put his false teeth in the mouth of Megan Fox for his seen as Puck Daddy shared with the world. “This Is 40” is out in theaters now.

Flyers hire Laperriere, Murray

Ian Laperriere

The Philadelphia Flyers brought a pair of familiar faces into the fold on Thursday, naming former Flyer Ian Laperriere Director of Player Personnel and hiring Terry Murray to coach their AHL affiliate.

Murray, 61, returns to the organization for a fourth time. He played with the Flyers from 1975-81, then came back to serve as a head coach in 1994 (reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 1997.)

After a brief stint in Florida, he went back to the City of Brotherly Love in 2003 to serve as an assistant under Ken Hitchcock and John Stevens before taking the Los Angeles job in 2008.

He coached the Kings for four seasons before being turfed 29 games into 2011-12. LA would go on to win the Stanley Cup under Murray’s replacement, Darryl Sutter.

Of note, the Phantoms gig will be Murray’s first AHL assignment since coaching the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1988-90.

As for Laperriere, he joins the club after serving in a mentor/prospect development role over the last two years. The 38-year-old finished his playing career with the Flyers in 2009-10 after suffering a serious concussion, but immediately began grooming himself for front office work.

“It’s a job that suits me well,” Laperriere told the Flyers website.  “It’s one of those jobs that you need a relationship with the young guys and you need to have some experience, and I think I have both.”

Pronger scouting, evaluating players for Flyers

Chris Pronger

According to CSN Philadelphia’s Sarah Baicker, Chris Pronger returned to the Flyers organization — though not in the manner you’d expect.

The Philadelphia captain has started serving GM Paul Holmgren in something of a personnel role, aiding with talent analysis and scouting.


“We’ve kept him involved,” Holmgren said. “He’s doing a lot of stuff for us now. He’s watching video of players and he came to our scouting meetings for the first day and listened to what takes place there.”

Pronger, Holmgren said, has provided the team with written evaluations of talent based on videos the Flyers have sent to him. While not as encouraging as a return to practice would be received, the fact that Pronger is helping out in any capacity should come as welcome news to Flyers fans. It is the first indication that he has been healthy enough to work at all.

Baicker suggests a return to the ice in 2012-13 “is most likely not in the cards for Pronger,” leaving many to speculate if this is part of a larger-scale transition to keep Pronger active within the organization. The Flyers employed a similar strategy with Ian Laperriere, who served as a mentor to young and/or injured players over the last two seasons while dealing with post-concussion syndrome.

This also plays into the idea of keeping Pronger on LTIR rather than have him retire (something the Flyers also did with Lapierre.) If Pronger calls it quits, his $4.9 million salary would count against the Flyers’ cap.

By keeping Pronger in a working capacity, the Flyers can justify paying him and keep the door open for a return to the ice — should circumstances ever allow for it.