Ian Laperriere quietly roamed the hallways of the Flyers Skate Zone during last week’s Developmental Camp with a skewed smile and some pep in his step.
He had just stepped off the ice after running the annual Flyers rookie camp for the second year in a row in Voorhees, New Jersey.
The newly appointed Director of Player Development, with his signature closely-cropped hair, was in demand. First, by a few young players seeking a quick word of advice from the recently retired 16-year National Hockey League pro, and second, by the small group of reporters huddled up waiting for his valuable words.
He was upbeat and spoke with excitement.
But just weeks earlier, standing alone outside a Flyers executive suite inside of CONSOL Energy Center during the NHL Draft, he took a much more somber tone.
“I couldn’t see out of my eye; that was the panic. It looked that way [on video] because it was panic.”
Laperriere was brutally honest.
Daunt and downcast.
“For a guy that didn’t wear a shield, that...