Quinte, On. real estate agent: One Tough Hero

One Tough Hero

Georges Laraque didn't make a name for himself in the NHL by scoring lots of goals. In 695 games over 12 seasons with Edmonton, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and finally his hometown of Montreal, he managed to score 53 times. He was very well known for playing with a lot of determination and toughness though. He retired from professional hockey this year.

Georges is a very talented and dedicated man off the ice too. After the earthquake in Haiti, Georges partnered with World Vision Canada to start a foundation called Hockey for Haiti. Both of Georges' parents are from Haiti, and he felt very motivated to do something about the situation. He knew that he could use his position to make a real difference in the lives of many people. This isn't the first time that Georges has stood for something he believes in, he became a vegan many years ago because of his stance on the way we treat animals.

Georges is participating in the C.B.C. series Battle of the Blades, where an ex hockey player is paired with a figure skater, often with some strange results. It's a bit like "Dancing with the Stars, where the object is to whittle the pairs down every week until a winning pair emerges from the original eight. Should Georges win this competition, he will donate the prize money to World Vision's Hockey for Haiti Foundation. Things didn't go very well for Georges and his partner Annabelle Langlois during their first week rehearsals.

Oh well, I'm sure a few stitches won't phase Big Georges. He's accumulated a few of them through his career.

Did you know that Georges Laraque is also the Deputy Leader of Canada's Green Party? I kid you not. He was appointed in July. In his own words....“Of course, the reason I was drawn to the Green Party is that it has excellent policies on a wide range of issues. From standing for social justice to strong fiscal policies, from supporting youth and the arts to eliminating poverty, I strongly believe that Green values and policies are the best for this great country of ours.”It looks like Mr. Laraque is not just another pretty face (or even one, for that matter). I'm very certain that he is going to make a big name for himself well beyond the world of hockey.

I'll just leave you with a little clip of the Georges Laraque that most of us are somewhat familiar with. He's going to make a great national politician. No-one will mess with Canada if he's in charge.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • October 06 2010 07:41PM

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That sounds like a pretty cool competition.  I used to go through Trenton on my way to Ottawa and Norway Bay on the Ottawa River.  Love your part of the world.   Thanks for sharing the video.  Good energy of hope.

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, I definitely didn't peg you as a reality TV watcher, though it was news to me that Georges is a member of the Green Party, let alone Deputy leader... hmmm

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Wow Malcolm that was quite a fall...at first we thought it may be a spoof! Nice to hear Georges is Deputy leader of the Green Party!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

This is interesting Malcolm. Thank you for sharing.  I believe that the athletes who show community and world spirit like this are true champions.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group) almost 8 years ago
Malcolm - I would also like to thank you for sharing! Hope your week is going well!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago
Malcolm - we could use more like him in this world they more we share and care the better off we will all be
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Malcolm ... well worth a reblog for our end of the country.  I lived in Edmonton when Georges played with the Oilers and had one 'limited' picture in my mind painted by what I heard, read and saw. 

Posted by Len Kobewka, You Can Scape-it (Prairie Scapes / Scape-it™) almost 8 years ago

Marcia Hawken - Naples Luxury Specialist (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.)Thanks very much Marcia.  Lucky you, Norway Bay is a beautiful part of Quebec, although I'm sure that Naples is a little nicer in the winter.

Chris Smith - serving South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville and area (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage)To be honest Chris, I'm not much of a figure skating fan, although I'm interested to see how Georges will fare in this competition.

Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling) Hi Al and Peggy, no it wasn't a spoof, he was cut pretty badly by his partner's skate blade.

Larry Lawfer (YourStorys Realty) Hi Larry, you're right, athletes like that are the real champions. It's too easy for athletes to become insulated from the world around them, so it's great to see people like Georges step up and make a difference.

Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog - Clearwater & Pinellas County Florida Real Estate (Charles Rutenberg Realty)Hi Barbara-Jo, my week is going well, thanks for stopping by. Hope yours is too.

Kathy Clulow ASP® SRES® Offering Full Real Estate Services Since 1973 (RE/MAX Scugog Realty Ltd Brokerage) Thanks Kathy, it would be a better world if more people with the wherewithall to do something showed the inclination to do it.

Len Kobewka (Agent SargeTM - Realtor® RE/MAX) (RE/MAX ACA) Thanks for the re-blog Sarge. I can see why Georges' tough reputation would precede him, which is why I thought that it would be fun to blog about allthe other facets of his personality and some of his other accomplishments.  

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Unfortunately, there are too many sports stars who are out for themselves and contribute nothing back to the community that made them stars. Some of them even get into drugs, dog fighting, cock fighting, and other illegal stuff. If I had their money, I could figure out many things to do that were legal and helped other people.

Posted by Not a real person almost 8 years ago

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