Georges Laraque recounts his struggle with COVID-19: “Breathlessness is one of the worst feelings”


Longtime NHL veteran Georges Laraque returned home from a Montreal area hospital on Monday after spending the weekend recovering from COVID-19.

Laraque, who announced her diagnosis on Twitter last week, joined TSN’s John Lu by videoconference to discuss his experience with the pandemic.

“I was really struggling, but the fact that since yesterday I haven’t needed extra oxygen to breathe was really encouraging because you know, out of breath is one of the worst feelings when you can’t breathe “, did he declare.

“So I’m in a room [in the hospital] with three people, all infected, sitting there without knowing what’s going to happen. And just hooked up to oxygen and waiting for my lungs to improve. I knew my life was not in danger, but still. “

Laraque said he believed he had contracted the coronavirus while picking up groceries for seniors in the Montreal area, as they are the most demographic at risk. However, Laraque made it clear that COVID-19 can sweep anyone off its feet, even former healthy athletes.

“Seniors don’t want to go out of the house to do their shopping, so I volunteered for them and I did it for them because they were told to stay home. So I took their grocery list and went to a few different grocery stores to pick up stuff for them. And when I did, you know how contagious this thing is, you could pick up a product, touch your face afterwards and that’s it, “he said.

“So it just shows you that you can pretty much get everything from anywhere and that you have to be very careful.”

Despite a few difficult days, Laraque said that the support of the hockey community, including Glen Sather, Craig MacTavish, Wayne and Janet Gretzky and Sidney Crosby helped him through difficult times.

“All players pretty much. It was crazy. It was so appreciated to see everyone calling, to see how you are doing. “

Laraque thanked the hospital staff for the weekend that took care of him. He also told people not to feel too sorry for him because “I’m not the only one fighting this.”

Laraque is a 12-season NHL veteran, mostly with the Edmonton Oilers. The 43-year-old also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Montreal Canadiens and the Coyotes.

In 695 career NHL regular season games, he has 53 goals and 100 assists.


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