During his 12-year career in the National Hockey League, Georges Laraque
was one of the most feared enforcers in the game. But off-ice, this talented tough guy has put his muscle behind a wide range of social causes, from relief efforts in Haiti to animal welfare.
Georges announced his retirement from the NHL in June 2010. Over the course of his career, he played with the Edmonton Oilers, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. His robust style of play endeared him to hometown fans and earned him respect from hockey observers, including Sports Illustrated magazine, which hailed him as the number one enforcer in the league in 2008.
A committed social activist, Georges has supported Haiti relief efforts, and has acted as spokesperson for such charities and causes as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He is also an outspoken vegan and a passionate environmentalist, focusing on issues of sustainability. Last year, he added politics to his resumé, as the Green Party's deputy leader.
Not content to rest on his NHL laurels, he appeared on this season of CBC's popular reality competition, Battle of the Blades
, paired with figure skater Annabelle Langlois.
Laraque was born in Montreal, but now resides in Edmonton.