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Georges Laraque on his new image

[National Post]

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.
Take the notion that vegans are a sickly, skinny bunch. 'A lot of people who talk about veganism or vegetarianism are small and skinny,' Mr. Laraque said, and this can turn off potential converts. At 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, Mr. Laraque is anything but malnourished. He was moved to embrace veganism in 2009 after seeing the documentary Earthlings about animal abuse.

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