Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has been named to head the fledgling Canadian Hockey League Players Association.
Laraque, who in 2009 represented Montreal Canadiens players with the NHLPA, broke the news in French using his Twitter account, Quebec media reported.
The 35-year-old native of Montreal, who was named deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada two years ago, is poised to become the face of a de facto union to protect the interests of more than 1,300 junior hockey players in the OHL, WHL and QMJHL.
A spokesperson for the association, which is yet to be certified, said earlier this week its priority is improving the educational packages available to junior hockey players, who get a $50-a-week stipend plus room and board.
(Courtesy Toronto Star)