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’ve just been diagnosed with Covid because I’m asthmatic, 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.
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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 an executor dating back to his time in a junior major.
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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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