An interview with Geoffrey Lansdell
Georges Laraque played 695 games over 13 seasons as an enforcer in the NHL. During that time, he racked up 1,126 penalty minutes and went to the Stanley Cup finals with Edmonton in 2006 and Pittsburgh in 2008. At 6’3’’ and 260 pounds, Laraque was an imposing figure on the ice and is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters the game has ever seen.
Despite his fighting pedigree, Laraque, a Montreal native of Haitian descent, was a gentleman both on and off the ice. His contagious enthusiasm made him a fan favourite everywhere he played. But perhaps most significantly, Laraque has used his hockey as a vehicle for something greater than the game.