Lappy getting PSWA award on behalf of Flyers

     Ian Laperriere, the gritty winger who is sidelined with post-concussion syndrome, will represent the Flyers and receive the Team of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers’ Association at its Jan. 31 banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.

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     Laperriere was one of the Flyers’ best defensive forwards last season, a year in which the team stunned the hockey world and reached the Stanley Cup Finals.

     The guy they call “Lappy” led Flyer forwards with 74 blocked shots and was third in hits (171) while playing all 82 regular-season games _ despite losing seven teeth and having about 100 stitches after stopping a puck with his mouth in one contest.

     Later in the season, Laperriere suffered an eye/brain injury while blocking a shot at New Jersey during Game 5 of the opening round of the playoffs. He returned to the ice for Game 4 of the conference finals against Montreal _ and played all six games against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals.

     Last season, Laperriere won the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award, presented to the Flyer who best illustrates character and dignity on and off the ice. The award is voted upon by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

    Laperriere also was the recipient of the Gene Hart Memorial Award, given to the player who demonstrates the most “heart” during the season.

   The Flyers ended the Phillies’ three-year run as the PSWA’s Team of the Year.

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   As you have undoubtedly noticed, the Philly-New York sports rivalry has been a little one-sided lately.

   First Cliff Lee spurned the Yankees and signed with the Phillies. Then Nik Zherdev scored two goals to help the Flyers beat his ex-team, the New York Rangers, 4-1. And Sunday, the Eagles' DeSean Jackson scored on a punt return as time expired to beat the New York Giants.

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