During a 13-year career, Georges Laraque said he often had to drop the gloves against the use of performance enhancing drugs.

“Quite early in my career I started asking the (National Hockey League Players’ Association) to take action against all the performance-enhancing drugs some players would use to become bigger in order to stop feeling the pain,” Laraque writes in The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy, a new autobiography published by Viking Canada, excerpts of which were reprinted in the Toronto Star.

“The job was hard and harsh enough not to have to compete against ‘killers’ swollen with steroids. The NHLPA listened to me, but refused to take any action on that front, for obvious political reasons. They wanted to keep drug testing as a card in their negotiations with the league.”

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