On the Masterton: Happy for Lappy, but he wasn’t the best man

Any hockey fan worth his or her salt knows the opening scene of the seminal 1977 George Roy Hill-Paul Newman flick “Slap Shot,” where goaltender Denis Lemieux is explaining to host Jim Carr and the presumed television audience what certain penalties are and how bad you should feel once you get caught committing them. Basically, you follow the rules and everything should work out all right. If you don’t, you sit in the penalty box and…well…you can quote me the rest. Not that Ian Laperriere or the selection committee for the Bill Masterton Trophy should be locked up in a …

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, …