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Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy [Hardcover]

Georges Laraque
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Nov. 8 2011


Think you know NHL tough guy Georges Laraque? Think again.
Sure, Laraque knows all about the rough side of the game of hockey. Ottawa Senators pugilist Chris Neil called him “probably the toughest in the league.” Phoenix Coyotes brawler Paul Bisonette said “I’m not really afraid of anyone, but if I were to fight him, I’d probably be shaking going in.” Ask Laraque, though, and he’d say that’s not who he is.
Known as a player who was unfailingly respectful and gentlemanly even when he was going toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the toughest league in the world, today Laraque takes that courageous sense of what is fair into fights that are much more important than the outcome of a hockey game.
The son of Haitian immigrants, Laraque campaigns for World Vision to help with Haitian relief.
A committed believer in animal rights (and probably the toughest vegan in the world), Laraque is a spokesperson for PETA.
A conscientious environmentalist, Laraque stepped up to be the deputy leader of the Green Party.
In this intimate, often surprising, biography, Laraque tells the story of a hockey player’s life that is unlike any other, from a childhood facing racism in Quebec’s minor hockey system, to the thrill of the Stanley Cup Finals as an Edmonton Oiler, and sharing a dressing room with Sidney Crosby—and from dropping the gloves on the ice to refusing to back back down from much more serious fights off the ice.
Honest, startling, and brave, this is a portrait of a hockey player unlike any you’ve seen before.

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GEORGES LARAQUE retired from the NHL as a winger for the Montreal Canadiens and the toughest guy in the league. He is now a host for CFRN and deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada. During his NHL career he played for the Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Montreal Canadiens. Georges Laraque was born in Montreal, Quebec.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest story Jan. 29 2013
I found this book was very interesting. It is an honest story about a man who achieved relative success in his field. No one is perfect, I don't think biographies are made to judge individuals, but more to learn from them. Reading this book, I didn't see Laraque's arrogance like one of the other reviewers said he did. I saw an honest man who was simply giving his opinion on subjects from his point of view. It's a different matter if you agree with his life decisions or not, we are all human at the end of the day. All in all I thought it was a very interesting story that anyone can certainly learn something from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Oct. 14 2013
By Jeremy
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book is really good and gives great detail about how he grew up through the racism and challenges he had to go through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great experience. Dec 23 2011
I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I received my order. The seller was great. The only downside was that the packaging had the contents labeled on the outside. My husband got the delivery and totally knew what he was getting for Christmas. Lol.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Bad Bad... Jan. 18 2012
I received this book with the anticipation of reading a good story about a man with an interesting view on the sport of hockey and life.

I read the teaser 1st chapter on a Kindle app and it did draw me in. After the first chapter the book went down hill. George Laroque proved himself to be the most self righteous man alive. A few examples, he ran a stop sign, caused a major accident but it wasn't his fault he did't see the stop sign. He left the mother of his children within a year of them being born, but not his fault his parents didn't like each other so he didn't want to do the same thing.

George Laroque honestly believes his 5min/game had the same effect on teams as a star player like Doug Weight in Edmonton, or Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. He knew better than his coaches be it Jacques Martin or Wayne Gretzky. His stances on PETA, etc are just nauseating. I do respect his passion for Haiti, but even that seems to be a shameless look at me I'm better than you. This is a man who believes he has never did anything wrong, it was always someone elses fault. I cannot recommend this book and I wish I hadn't read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read March 9 2012
By Sonia Bovio - Published on Amazon.com
This is a must read for any hockey fan. Georges' unique perspective on the game provides great insight and makes me really appreciate what the players go through in their careers.
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