Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
2014 NHL Draft
SHARE

Laperriere able to take part in Ironman

Sunday, 08.18.2013 / 10:29 AM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Share with your Friends


Laperriere able to take part in Ironman
Former NHL player Ian Laperriere was able to take part in his first Ironman triathlon despite a recurrence of concussion symptoms following a fall during training.
When the starting gun fired Sunday at the Ironman North American Championship at Mont-Blanc, Quebec, Philadelphia Flyers development coach Ian Laperriere was ready to go.

The 16-year NHL veteran had been hoping more than six months of training for his first Ironman -- a grueling 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and capped by a 26.2-mile run -- wouldn't go to waste following a recent accident.

Two weeks ago Laperriere fell off his bike on one of his final training rides; the result was a recurrence of the concussion symptoms that had forced him to announce his retirement in June 2012.

Laperriere told NHL.com he wasn't sure if he was suffering from concussion-related issues or whiplash, because the symptoms are the same.

"I hurt my neck," he said. "I'm moving but I got those headache symptoms I know all too well."

Laperriere went to Montreal, about 90 minutes south of Mont-Tremblant, hoping he would feel well enough to run.

"I still have a little bit of time," he said. "I'll get some treatment. I have a therapist in town that hopefully can fix everything."

The treatment must have worked, because Laperriere is back working toward his goal of completing the race.

---

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie