Former NHL forward Georges Laraque loved the game of hockey. But he rarely got to play because he was expected to rough it up on the ice. An unlikely tough guy looks back on his years as an enforcer.
Part Two of The Current
Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy
It's always been a rough and tumble game, but the past few months have been particularly bruising for the National Hockey League. Hard to think moving hard rubber around a cold rink could get so heated. And now there's more -- apparently performance enhancing drugs are all part of the NHL experience. That's one of the allegations in a new book by one of hockey's most eclectic personalities ... former tough guy Georges Laraque.
The Quebec-born son of Haitian immigrants made a name for himself as one of the NHL's most feared fighters, and one of its few black players, during a career with the Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. And his life is as colourful off the ice as on.
Georges Laraque is an animal rights advocate, a deputy leader with the Green Party of Canada and the co-author of an autobiography called Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy. Georges Laraque joined us from Edmonton.
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