There was a time not long ago when a meal out with Georges Laraque would have meant a gargantuan steak and some fine wine. Now it's an 'm Burger (mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, flax seeds and mixed vegetables packed into a patty) accompanied by a shooter of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice. All served at one of the two vegan restaurants in town that he co-owns.
Mr. Laraque, who before he retired from the NHL last year was best
known for his readiness to give and take beatings, now seems to be doing
everything possible to shed the tough-guy image. In the past two years,
he has become a vegan, a celebrity spokesman for the animal-rights group
PETA and deputy leader of the federal Green Party. On the ice, he is now
more frequently seen figure skating than playing hockey. And next month
he will be a panelist on CBC's Canada Reads, trying to win a literary
showdown by arguing the merits of the novel The Bone Cage.