Born January 19. 1974 (age 38) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Right winger under contract with the Philadelphia Flyers
That description needs a bit of explanation, which I’ll give shortly. Lappy, as he’s known to his fans, played in the QMJHLin the early 90′s till the St. Louis Blues drafted him in 1992. After two more years in Quebec, he split time between the Blues and the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen for two years before he was traded to the New York Rangers in December 1995. He wasn’t there long before he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in March 1996, and he stayed with the Kings till 2004, when he signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche. In his four years with the Avs, he was a Masterson Trophy nominee, played in his 1000th game in April 2009 and led the team in the 2008-09 season with 163 penalty minutes.
After not being able to resign with Colorado, Lappy moved on to the Philadelphia Flyers, and two incidents happened in the same season. The first happened on November 27, 2009, when he was hit in the mouth with a puck and lost seven teeth (like Duncan Keith would do seven months later). The second came during the early round of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs when he was hit in the face again with a puck, giving him a mild concussion and an eye injury. He sat out the entire round with the Boston Bruins and wasn’t expected to return, but he came back for their series against the Montrieal Canadiens. But after the summer, he started having post-concussive symptoms during training camp that fall and was scratched for the season; in fact, he was put on long-term IR and told to retire. But he stuck with the team instead of holing up at home, mentoring the younger Flyers players, and for continuing to play a role on the team he won the Masterson Trophy in 2011. He’s been scratched again for this season, but he’s already accomplished something wonderful off the ice: he became a naturalized citizen last August. Here’s hoping our new citizen can recover and come back to play for the City of Brotherly Love.