Sunday, March 22, 2009

Laperierre a whole different guy off the ice

Sunday, 03.22.2009 / 1:00 AM / NHL Insider
By Rick Sadowski - Correspondent
The Colorado Avalanche dressing room was more crowded than usual following a recent practice, though not because of a surplus of media members, many of whom abandoned the struggling team weeks ago.About a dozen current and former patients from The Children's Hospital in Denver, along with family members, strolled through the room to pose for pictures with players who happily chatted with the youngsters and signed autographs.Not surprisingly, forward Ian Laperriere's locker was the most popular destination for the kids. A hard-nosed agitator on the ice, "Lappy" is a soft touch away from the rink, especially when it comes to children."Everybody stopped by and talked to the kids and put a smile on their face," he says. "I just can't imagine being in their shoes. For me and my teammates, we know we're lucky in life, being in the NHL. If we can change these kids' lives for even a minute ...(read the entire story here)

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