Laraque, 43, made the announcement on social media Thursday alongside a photo of him in a hospital gown.
The 695-game NHL veteran said, “I guess I’m not invincible, I just got diagnosed with Covid because I’m asthmatic, and it’s not the best news, I’m going to fight him! “
Laraque has played 12 NHL seasons, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also adapted to the Phoenix Coyotes and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Well I am not invincible, I have just been diagnosed with Covid, not the best news since I am asthmatic, it will be fine! I guess I’m not invincible, I just got diagnosed with Covid because I’m asthmatic, not the best news, I’m going to fight him! pic.twitter.com/KIgo8Ra0sT
The Montreal native was selected by Edmonton 31st overall in the 1995 draft and made his NHL debut with the Oilers in 1997-1998. After stints with the Coyotes and the Penguins, he retired with the Canadiens after the 2009-10 season.
He produced 53 goals and 153 points with 1,126 penalty minutes. Known as “The Rock”, Laraque played the role of a police officer dating back to his time as a junior major.
Laraque has written an autobiography, delivered public speeches, and has devoted much of her time to charity since her retirement.
He recently participated in a campaign called “Give Protection” in Laval, Quebec, to provide more personal protective equipment to front line workers by posting a video of him on April 1 in front of a nearby hospital.