Inquirer: A fearless Flyers player, Ian Laperriere will carry his parents’ work ethic into his job as Phantoms head coach

Laperriere is excited about his next challenge: coaching in the AHL. He was a Flyers assistant the last eight years.

Laperriere, 47, was recently named the 11th head coach in the history of the Phantoms, the Flyers’ top farm team.

He is all in, even if it means being away from his family for big chunks of time, renting an apartment in Allentown to be close to the PPL Center, the Phantoms’ home arena.

“To me, it makes sense to live close to the rink because I’ll be there all the time,” he said Thursday. “I’m a rink rat. For me, I just need a bed to sleep in and then I’ll be back at the rink. I was like that as a player and I’ve been like that as a coach.”

His wife, Magali, who 31 years ago became his high school sweetheart in Montreal, will visit when she can. But she will be looking after their youngest son, Zach, who will be finishing his final year at Haddonfield High, where he is a talented lacrosse player. Their other son, Tristan, is attending Towson (Md.) University and majoring in sports management.

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