, who spent his season on the sidelines due to injuries, is this year's recipient of the Bill Masterton
Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."
Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 playoffs when he blocked a shot with his head during Philadelphia's first-round series against New Jersey, sustaining a concussion and a fractured orbital bone. He returned to play during the Final. Laperriere attempted to play during in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season.
Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.