Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has COVID-19, pneumonia in both his lungs

by Carter Toni

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has another fight on his hands.

Laraque, releasing a series of videos this weekend on his Facebook page from a Montreal-area hospital, says he has contracted COVID-19.


“I have pneumonia in both my lungs,” he said Saturday. “They’re affected by the COVID because I have asthma. I need to have oxygen blowing through my nose.”

Laraque, 43, who played 12 NHL seasons and had 131 fights, said he had been running 10 kilometers a day to prepare for a marathon before he came down with symptoms.

“Now I can’t even get up without losing my breath,” he said. “It’s insane.”

Laraque, speaking in both French and English, had a couple coughing fits while talking.

He said the fevers at night had been bad.

“I wake up in sweat all the time,” he said.

Sunday, he released another video, saying he was fever-free the night before for the first time.

Laraque said he originally went to the hospital on April 26 for a test because he was having symptoms. He was given a chest X-ray and was sent home with a cortisone prescription, he said.

He was called back the next day to say the X-ray showed pneumonia and the day after, he was able to get a test.

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