Georges "The Rock" Laraque
NHL Legend and Humanitarian
NHL Veteran (1997-2010)
2008 Named NHL's Number One Enforcer by Sports Illustrated
2008 Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award Receipient
2007 King Clancy Award Recipient (Pittsburgh Penguins)
2006, 2008 Stanley Cup Finalist (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins)
1996 Memorial Cup Champion (Granby Prédateurs)
Social Followers: Instagram, 250,000; Twitter, 213,700; Facebook, 79,000
Hometown: Montréal, Quebec
Over his career, Georges Laraque played 13 seasons for four different National Hockey League teams.
He was known as “The Rock,” acting primarily as an enforcer but his best-selling biography, The Story of The NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy, reveals a depth of character that goes well beyond the stereotype.
It's the story of a true humanitarian, an engaged citizen in his community and on the global stage as well.
The son of Haitian immigrants, Georges has campaigned for World Vision to help with Haitian relief and the rebuilding of the Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince that was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 2015.
Today, he continues his work with many charities and passion projects.
A conscientious environmentalist, Georges even stepped up in July 2010 to be the Deputy leader of the Green Party.
Since his retirement, he's been invited to speak at hundreds of events across North America and captivates audiences in both French and English with stories of his legendary career and his off-ice interests including inclusivity in sport, anti-racism, environmental sustainability and the reduction of bullying.
His career in hockey may have been unlikely but the grit and toughness, that earned him one of the most feared nicknames in the NHL, defined both his style of play and approach to life.
In total, he rocked his way through 695 regular season games and 57 playoff games appearing in two Stanley Cup Finals – for Edmonton in 2006 and Pittsburgh in 2008.
After stints in Sweden and with the Phoenix Coyotes, Georges signed a three-year contract with his hometown team, the Montréal Canadiens.
As a prominent person of colour in the NHL, Georges represented so much more to his community as his legend continued to grow with the most fabled franchise in hockey.
When he reflects on his career and all that it's enabled him to do, he's amazed by everything he's done:
″All of this went well beyond my expectations and I’m proud of what I have accomplished playing for 13 seasons and in two Stanley Cup Finals," he says.
"It was truly special playing for the hometown team in Montréal that inspired me to start hockey. Believe me, when you retire, those are the things that you never forget!”