Former NHL Player Ian Laperriere Completes Ironman

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  • Published Aug 19, 2013
  • Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM UTC

Former NHL player Ian Laperriere finished Ironman Mont-Tremblant despite suffering a concussion two weeks earlier.

Philadelphia Flyers development coach Ian Laperriere wasn’t sure what would happen Sunday, but it ended up being one of the most fulfilling days of his life.

The 39-year-old recovered from a fall two weeks ago that left him with a recurrence of the same concussion symptoms that had ended his 16-season playing career to finish his first Ironman, completing the Ironman North American Championship at Mont-Tremblant (Quebec) in 12:11:55.

He finished 124th of the 258 finishers in the Men’s 35-39 division.

Laperriere had arrived in Mont-Tremblant, about a 90-minute drive northeast from his hometown of Montreal, last week to prepare for a race he wasn’t sure he would be able to take part in.

During a final training ride near his home in southern New Jersey, Laperriere skidded on wet railroad tracks and fell off his bike, and told, “I hurt my neck. I’m moving fine, but I got those headache symptoms that I know too well.”

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