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Wednesday 21, Dec 2011

  Steroids and PEDs are a Problem in NHL

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Steroid and illegal drug use was a problem in the NHL not too long ago, according to ex-enforcer Georges Laraque.

Laraque talks about steroid use in the NHL in his new book, “The Story of the NHL’s Unluckiest Tough Guy.”

“Before a game, as I would warm up on the ice, I would always look at the tough guy on the other side,” he said. “If his arms were trembling, if his eyes were bulging, I knew for sure he wasn’t going to feel any of the punches I would give him.”

Wednesday 07, Dec 2011

  Controversy stoked by ex-NHL tough guys

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Two former NHL heavyweights, Georges Laraque and Andrei Nazarov, recently found the spotlight for different controversies.

Laraque says in his soon-to-be released biography, The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy that both tough guys and star players used steroids during his 11-year NHL career.

“Most of us knew who they were, but not a single player, not even me, would ever think of raising his hand to break the silence and accuse a fellow player,” Laraque wrote. “I don’t like snitches and will never be one.”

Friday 18, Nov 2011

  Laraque helped NHLPA to combat PED use

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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.”