By Gann Matsuda • FrozenRoyalty.net •
During the first round of the 2010 playoffs against the New Jersey Devils, (Ian) Laperriere suffered a brain contusion, a fractured orbital bone above his right eye, and a concussion after blocking a shot with his face.
Laperriere made the mistake of returning to the lineup during the second round, and he played through the Stanley Cup Final.
“I got caught in the moment,” he said at the time. “I kind of lied to myself to be part of that Stanley Cup run, and I was lucky enough not to get hit again.”
Over three years later, Laperriere, now 39 years old, indicated that his condition has not changed significantly.
“I feel pretty much the same as when I was here for Matty, and if I feel like that for the rest of my life, I’ll deal with it,” said Laperriere. “I’ve got no problem with that. It could’ve been [far] worse. I could’ve lost my eye. [That] would’ve been a lot harder.”
“I’m all right,” added Laperriere. “I still have issues with my right eye from that puck I took [in the head]. There’s a damaged nerve. With my eye, I’ve got blurry vision, and when I do have that, I have headaches. But is it from the concussion? Is it from my eye? Is it from being stressed? I don’t know. Who knows? They [doctors] don’t even know.”
“Other than that, I feel pretty good, but I won’t lie to you. It’s been a tough three years, especially at the beginning. I don’t know if it was because of my concussions, or if it was because I wasn’t doing what I love to do, but it’s been a tough time.”