Laraque, former NHL player, positive for COVID-19

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Georges Laraque, a forward who has played 695 NHL games, said Thursday he was positive for COVID-19.

“Thank you all for your prayers and wishes, this is where I will live for a while until my lungs clear! The 43-year-old wrote a photo of him at a medical facility on Twitter on Friday.

Laraque has played eight of his 12 NHL seasons for the Edmonton Oilers. He scored 153 points (53 goals, 100 assists) and accumulated 1,126 penalty minutes with the Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.

Laraque, who had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 57 Stanley Cup playoff games, retired from the NHL after the 2009-2010 season.

“I guess I’m not invincible, I just got diagnosed with COVID,” Laraque tweeted Thursday. “Since I have asthma, this is not the best news, I will fight it! “

The Montreal native recently helped Give Protection in Laval, Quebec, to provide more personal protective equipment to front-line medical personnel.

Tweet from @GeorgesLaraque: Thank you all for your prayers and wishes, this is where I will live for a while until my lungs empty! Thank you all for your wishes and your wishes, this is where I will live a good time until my lungs recover! pic.twitter.com/BnpMS1G6JK

Tweet from @GeorgesLaraque: 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

Tweet from @GeorgesLaraque: We must protect our guardian angels. The medical staff need our help: give any medical equipment (gloves, masks, etc.) you have and spread the word: arrow_right: https://t.co/LjIipzpjqZ @donnerPPE_qc #GiveProtection # Covid19qc pic.twitter .com / P9OFbHLzIy



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