Former NHL goalkeeper Georges Laraque fighting the coronavirus


Former NHL player Georges Laraque has tested positive for COVID-19.

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.

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.


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