Laperriere wins Masterton Trophy

Las Vegas, NV - Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere was  honored   with  the   2011  Bill   Masterton  Trophy  for  perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The  37-year-old native of Quebec sustained a concussion and fractured orbital bone  during  the  first round  of  the  2010  Stanley  Cup playoffs  when  he
blocked  a  shot with his face.  He was expected  to miss the remainder of the
postseason, but returned and helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.

However,   concussion-related   symptoms  returned  and  he  remained  on  the
club’s  long-term  injury list  this season,  but he’s  continued to serve the
Flyers  in  several capacities, particularly as  a mentor for young players in
the organization.

He  joins  Bobby  Clarke  (1972)  and  Tim  Kerr  (1989)  as  members  of  the Philadelphia organization to be recognized.

“It’s perfect that ‘Lucky’ is giving me this award because I spent so much time with him because he’s a great professional and a guy I look up to,” Laperriere said in honor of former teammate Luc Robitaille, who presented him with the trophy.

“First off, congratulations to all the nominees and winners tonight. They all have done a great job. It’s been a tough year, I won’t lie to you,” Laperriere continued. “Playing hockey is my life…if it wasn’t for the Flyers, Mr. Snider and Paul Holmgren…Chris Pronger, Zack Hill, Jim McCrossin it would have been an even tougher year. But they helped keep me in the game throughout the year and to help the younger kids…so, thank you very much.”

Anaheim  goaltender Ray  Emery and  Calgary  forward Daymond Langkow –  both former Flyers — were the other finalists.

Emery  returned to the NHL late this season and helped the Ducks in their push
for  a playoff spot after a career-threatening injury. He underwent bone-graft
surgery  last April to  repair a deteriorated ball joint in his right hip, the
result  of a disease called avascular necrosis, which interrupts blood flow to
the  area  and causes cells  to die. After  months of rehabilitation he signed
with  Anaheim as  a free agent on February  7 and had a record of 7-2-0 with a
2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 games.

Langkow  suffered a fractured vertebra on March 21, 2010 when he was struck in the  neck  with the full force  of a hard shot  by teammate Ian White. After a
lengthy  rehab  process that was  twice stopped because of recurring problems,
Langkow  was cleared to  play and took the ice on April 1, recording an assist
with a plus-two rating in Calgary’s 3-2 win at St. Louis.