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Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) The Rock, The Enforcer, Gorgeous George, Big Georges
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
253 lb (115 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 7 1976 (1976-12-07) (age 33),
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NHL Draft 31st overall, 1995
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1996 – present

Georges Laraque (born December 7, 1976) is a professional ice hockey forward. He and teammate Francis Bouillon are among the very few NHL players of Haitian descent. He is currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League as an enforcer. He is also known as "Big George" or simply "BGL".

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Playing career

Laraque entered the QMJHL, where he played for a variety of teams. In 173 games at the junior level, Laraque stockpiled 107 points and 661 penalty minutes. Laraque was a member of the 1996 Granby Prédateurs team which won the Memorial Cup.

After finishing junior, Laraque spent parts of three seasons with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Despite concerns about his skating, Laraque showed enough at the AHL-level for Edmonton to bring him to the NHL. Although he was something of a power forward in junior, Laraque is considered primarily as an enforcer at the NHL level. His 6'3" frame and his habit of fighting made him one of the most feared forwards in the league. He was unanimously awarded the 'Best Fighter' award from The Hockey News in 2003. He was named the number one enforcer by Sports Illustrated in 2008. Despite his reputation as a fighting-only player, Laraque has had offensive bursts during his career and on February 21, 2000, Laraque scored a hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings.

During the NHL lockout, he played in Sweden, signing on with AIK, which currently plays in the third highest division. In the 2006 off-season, Laraque was up for free agency and wanted to stay in Edmonton and play. He even said he was willing to take a salary cut if the Oilers accepted on giving him a long-term, no-trade clause deal. The Oilers did not agree with Laraque's demand for a no-trade clause thus the contract was never signed. On July 5, 2006, Laraque signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. He scored his first goal as a Coyote against Edmonton on October 26, 2006.

On July 3, 2008, Laraque signed a contract as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens. He elected to wear number 17 with the Canadien Hockey Club rather than his usual 27, which was Alex Kovalev's number at the time. One of the main reasons why Montreal sought Laraque was to add toughness; in the previous year's playoffs, they had been outplayed physically by the Philadelphia Flyers, and in the first round, they had difficulty countering the Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic.

Transactions

  • Edmonton Oilers'
  • Signed with Phoenix as a free agent in 2006
  • Traded to Pittsburgh in 2007.
  • July 3, 2008: Signed with Montreal Canadiens as free agent

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Saint-Jean Lynx QMJHL 70 11 11 22 142 4 0 0 0 7
1994–95 Saint-Jean Lynx QMJHL 62 19 22 41 259 7 1 1 2 42
1995–96 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 11 8 13 21 76
1995–96 Saint-Hyacinthe Lasers QMJHL 8 3 4 7 59
1995–96 Granby Prédateurs QMJHL 22 9 7 16 125 18 7 6 13 104
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 73 14 20 34 179 15 1 3 4 12
1997–98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 46 10 20 30 154 3 0 0 0 11
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 0 0 0 59
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 39 3 2 5 57 4 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 25 6 8 14 93
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 8 8 16 123 5 0 1 1 6
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 13 16 29 148 6 1 1 2 8
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 5 14 19 157
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 6 7 13 110 6 1 3 4 4
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 6 11 17 99
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 2 10 12 73 15 1 1 2 44
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 56 5 17 22 52
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 2 2 18 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 4 9 13 141 15 1 2 3 4
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 0 2 2 61 4 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 667 52 98 150 1098 57 4 8 12 72

External links

  • Georges Laraque official site
  • Georges Laraque's NHL player profile
  • Georges Laraque at TSN.ca
  • Georges Laraque's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Georges Laraque's fight info - hockeyfights.com
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