is having one heck of a summer.
He kicks it off by winning the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas in June.
Not resting on his laurels, he helps run the annual summer Prospect Camp for a week of teaching on-the-ice, off-the-ice and even getting down and dirty with the Flyers hopefuls during a paintball game in early July.
Last Saturday night, Lappy was once again the face of the organization that he’s come to care so much about by being the Grand Marshal in Ocean City’s annual “Night’s in Venice” boat parade.
“I said yes a couple month ago and I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but more and more as we got closer to the event people were saying ‘wait until you see this’,” said Laperriere. “When you get on the boat and you see all of the people and the individual parties with everybody putting decorations on their boats and houses, they know how to party that’s for sure.”
Laperriere and his family joined the Colangelo family and their boat for the event, which produced a total of 85 boats and over 180 houses all decked out along the bay for the night’s festivities.
Larry Colangelo and his family graciously accepted Laperriere and his family to marshal the Blue Angel, the dubbed name of the ship.
“We had a blast. I brought my kids and my wife and, along with the Colangelo's, they let us be a apart of their boat and they took care of us like we were one of their own,” added Laperriere who spent an entire week leading up to the event down at the shore town with his family and friends.
The theme may have been ‘Broadway on the Bay’ but the one thing that stood out for Laperriere was the consistent Orange & Black throughout the ride.
“[There were] a lot of Flyers fans. We saw a party that was decorated with everything orange waiting for us to get by, so FlyerNation was well represented that’s for sure.”
So much so, that the Colangelo’s decorated boat with Laperriere on board took home the title of first place in the Lead Boat Division of the event.
With a busy summer more than half over, Laperriere & Co. are looking for a little R & R until Flyers Training Camp gets under way at the Virtua Center Flyers’ Skate Zone in September. There is however one project Lappy’s looking forward to completing the most.
“We’re building a new house now too, so that’s exciting and we’re going to go home to Montreal for around four days, but mostly to pick up more stuff to bring into the new house.”