Name: Ian Laperriere
Status: Retired NHL Player, Flyers Director of Player Development
Height: 6' 1"
Born: January 19th, 1974: Montreal, QC, Canada
Flyers Nation: What's the most difficult and challenging aspect of your life after getting hit with that puck?
Ian Laperriere: "Well, I've been dealing with occasional headaches, but my biggest issue is the blurry vision I still have in my right eye."
Flyers Nation: Do you think there's any hope for a 2012-2013 NHL season?
Ian Laperriere: "Yes, until the league cancels, I'm positive."
Flyers Nation: What's the transition like moving from being a NHL player to Director of Player Development?
Ian Laperriere: "Big adjustment, going from a routine I've had for most of my life to a job I have to prepare my trips and travel alone most of the time, those are big adjustment for me."
Flyers Nation: How different was the Chris Pronger you played with in 1995-1996 with the Blues to the one in 2009-2010 with the Flyers?
Ian Laperriere: "A lot more mature individual on and off the ice, honor to play with him both times."
Flyers Nation: Who are some of the lesser known Flyers prospects that you are excited about/feel have a bright future?
Ian Laperriere: "I really like our prospects, Shayne Gostisbehere is one of my favorite under the radar prospects."
Flyers Nation: Of all the Flyers rookies last year, who did you enjoy watching the most?
Ian Laperriere: "Love watching Shenner and Couts, but I'm a huge Zac Rinaldo fan, teams look for players like that all the time."
Flyers Nation: Did you model your style of play after any particular players?
Ian Laperriere: "The guy I looked up to growing up was Guy Carbonneau, for P.K skills and his leadership on and off the ice. (had a chance to play with him my first year)"
Flyers Nation: Are you going to be at Operation Hat Trick?
Ian Laperriere: "I'll be in Vermont watching Nick Luukko that weekend. Great event put together by Todd Fedoruk."
Flyers Nation: Would you want to coach hockey in the future?
Ian Laperriere: "I'd like to explore coaching , just want to make sure I'm ready and it's the right fit for me and my family."
Flyers Nation: What's the #1 thing you miss about playing?
Ian Laperriere: "EVERYTHING, but especially being part of a team, fight for something every night..."
Flyers Nation: Who's the toughest player you ever fought?
Ian Laperriere: "Probably Krzysztof Oliwa or Darren McCarthy."
Flyers Nation: Why'd you choose #14?
Ian Laperriere: "They gave me #14 in Junior and I wore #22 my first 10 years in the league, just wore the number that the team gave me, just happy to wear a NHL jersey for 16 years... Childhood dream."
Flyers Nation: What was your favorite moment playing in Philadelphia?
Ian Laperriere: "Going to the Finals in 2010 was something I'll never forget and on the individual side the standing ovation I received in the Boston series will stay with me for the rest of my life... Thanks again."
Thanks to Ian Laperriere for answering some questions our follows and likes asked.