You might have called Ian Laperriere a warrior, or tough as nails during an 18-year NHL career which concluded three years ago in Philadelphia.
After Sunday, add “iron man” to those honorifics.
The 39-year-old Laperriere completed the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in his native Quebec, ranking 124th among his division, men aged 35-to-39.
He finished the swim portion of the race, a 3.8-kilometer course in a neat 1 hour, 13 minutes, then took on the 180-km bike section in 5 hours, 42 minutes and 56 seconds, before finishing the final 42.2-km on foot in 5:05:21.
It might not have happened at all, due to recurrence of concussion-like symptoms related to a bad fall off his bike two weeks back. Lappy took to his Twitter account on Friday expressing doubt as to whether he could attempt the feat, but Lady Luck reserved a little spot for the former gritty winger and the Flyers’ current Director of Player Development, and he was able to complete all three tracks and finish his mission.
Laperriere was raising money for the Ronald McDonald House, Go4theGoal — a foundation to help children with cancer reach their goals, as well as their Tunes for Teens program that provides iTunes gift cards to teens with cancer — as was revealed in a June profile on the Flyers’ website.
It is expected that Laperriere will continue to sign up for future triathlons to raise more money for the charities of his choice.