Ian Laperriere has been waiting. Waiting for nearly two months. Well the waiting is down to its final hours and the Lappy family has finally landed in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show. (Wednesday, June 22 @ 7 pm ET on VERSUS)
Laperriere is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”.
It is the first time he has been named a finalist for an NHL Award, but that doesn’t mean the Flyer forward is at all nervous.
“I’m not so much nervous. I’m more excited,” said Laperriere. “Excited for my family, my kids to see all of the NHL Stars and be a part of something special. It’s going to be what it is, but it’s fun to be in Vegas with the family.”
Back in April, the Philadelphia chapter of the PHWA submitted Laperriere for nomination to the NHL, as all 30 club are entitled to. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists.
Laperriere will be going up against two other former Flyers as well. Goaltender Ray Emery, and forward Daymond Langkow are up for the award.
Laperriere is the first Flyer to be a finalist for an NHL award since Michael Richards was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the forward who excels in defensive play back in 2008-09.
Richards lost by a slim margin to Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
Should Laperriere take home the Masterton he would be the third Flyer to do so and first since the 1988-89 season when Tim Kerr won. Bobby Clarke also won the Masterton for the 1971-72 season.
For now however, “Lappy” is putting all that aside and being just one of many family men out there enjoying a small vacation with his family.
“We’ve been sitting by the pool and we’re going to see Cirque de Soleil, spend the day with the kids and walk around. They’ve never been here before and there’s a lot to see, so we’re going to do all of the tourist stuff.”