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Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque confirms fraud charges

Oct 17, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

Georges Laraque fought some of the National Hockey League’s toughest enforcers during his career, however he could soon be facing a different battle inside a courtroom.

Laraque, who played 695 NHL regular season games from 1997 to 2010, amassing 1,126 penalty minutes, confirmed to The Canadian Press that he is facing fraud charges.

Here is a snippet of the story from The Canadian Press, which was reported Wednesday evening.

Laraque says the criminal charges stem from a dispute with engineer Marc Filion, who co-founded the company with him in 2009.

A court date is set for November 19th.

Since retiring as a player following the 2009-2010 season, Laraque has been busy in both the business and political worlds.

This summer, it was reported that Laraque was running in a by-election for a seat in Canada’s House of Commons as a member of the Green Party.

Prior to that, he was named executive director of the CHL’s players association. Less than three full months later, he revealed his intentions to resign from the position.

In January, Laraque confirmed that his house had been raided by police as part of a fraud investigation.

  1. stcrowe - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    He struck me as a fraud every time he started a staged fight by asking his opponent if he was ready, then wishing him good luck.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Is boxing staged? MMA? Those guys wish each other luck and agree to fight each other. Does that somehow make the punches less vicious?

      • stcrowe - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        Hockey fights are different from boxing and MMA. In those cases, the fight is set long in advance. I have no problem with hockey fights that happen in the heat of the game. One player takes a dirty run at another player, and they drop their gloves. I have no problem with that. I don’t even have a problem with a tougher teammate stepping in to settle the score. The staged fights that I complain of are the ones where two goons (and that is exactly what Laraque was) line up, literally exchange pleasantries, then fight just for the sake of fighting. No anger. No score to settle. Just two guys staging a fight for the sake of staging a fight. Just a delay of game as far as I’m concerned.

      • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        Every player who is assessed a major for fighting should be required to go through the NHL’s concussion protocol before he his allowed to return to play.

      • thailer35 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Give it a break joey! This article has nothing to do with what you are talking about!

      • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        @thailer35, You’re correct! However, my reply was to stcrowe. Sorry if you were offended. And just between you and me, why is this topic even part of hockey news? Who cares about George Laraque? Nothing relevant to hockey in his case.

      • c9castine - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        i agree 100% with stcrowe and dont know why everybody wouldn’t. watched a fight between craig adams and ryan malone at the beginning of the tampa game and it did absolutely nothing for me or either one of the teams involved. hockey is an important part of hockey, i believe, but those fights take away from the game that should have been played from the start which is crosby malkin stamkos and st. louis wheeling and dealing.

      • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        BTW, US Researchers are pressing ban on fighting in hockey. Check it out!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Me thinks joey should be subjected to the concussion protocol. As they used to say in the old days – he ain’t right in the head.

  2. nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Fraud charges?…well I was going to vote Green but no way anymore.
    I detest guys like this tool who made their living as a tough guy then go on and say fighting should be banned after their done.
    For that matter, guys who scored lots of points because goons protected them saying the same thing.
    And for another matter, families that love the money/benefits they get when their son plays in the NHL only because he can fight and then sue and complain after he OD’s on some kind of drug/alcohol cocktail mixture.
    I don’t know what it is but this guy always gets me going when I hear or see an article on him.
    Anyways, Larock, you SUCK!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      This just in: There are people who are charged with crimes who did not actually commit a crime. I recall hearing that is what trials and pleadings are about, for, one hopes, all the facts to be presented and decisions made.

  3. hockey412 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Man I hope Georges writes a book someday. Interesting character. Just reading the specifics of those charges it does sound interesting. Always liked him during his time with Pittsburgh – the only enforcer I’ve seen that really just wanted to play and didn’t want to fight (haha which is why his time in Pittsburgh was short).

    • cweez2 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Actually, he wrote one two years ago: Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy.

      • hockey412 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        That’s about hockey – I want to hear about politics, unions, and fraud!

  4. obamareallysucks - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    typical libturd. does one thing while saying another. and here i thought only the US had morons like this – odumbo!

  5. no - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    You have the rhetoric of a 7-year old.

    Im sure you’ve wondered in the past why your viewpoints are marginalized in both the media and in our culture, and for those answers you need only take a long, deliberate look in the nearest reflective surface.

    Stop posting political crap in a hockey forum, especially because you seem to be unable to articulate your (likely ignorant and misinformed) side of the issues.

    • Anoesis - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:43 AM


      He can’t help it, he came here straight from Faux News.

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