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Georges Laraque
Georges Laraque
Right Wing
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Number: 27
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 245
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 7, 1976
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
Acquired: Acquired by the Pittsurgh Penguins on Feb. 27, 2007 in exchange for left wing Daniel Carcillo and a third round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Drafted: EDM / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (31st overall)

Georges Laraque added an instant element of toughness to the Penguins when he was acquired from Phoenix at the NHL trading deadline.

For the year, Laraque had 24 points (5+19) with 70 penalty minutes in 73 games. In 17 games since he joined the Penguins, Laraque had two assists and 18 penalty minutes.

However, his mere presence in the Pittsburgh lineup changes the dynamics of a contest. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound winger is regarded by many as the NHL’s heavyweight champion.

2005-06: Scored 2-10-12 with 73 PIM and was -5 in 72 GP. Scored points in 12 of 72 GP and was plus or even in 59 of 72 GP. Had a three-game scoring streak (0-3-3; Nov. 29-Dec. 3) ended at Philadelphia (Dec. 8). The 3-game scoring streak equals his career-hgh for longest assist scoring streak (3 games; Mar. 13-17/01). Registered 5 PIM at Nashville (Nov. 8) to move past Dave Hunter (776) into 10th place on the Oilers all-time PIM list with 777 career PIM. Scored 100th career Oilers/NHL point when he assisted on Todd Harvey's 1st career Oilers goal vs Columbus (Nov. 1/05).

2004-05: Played part of the season with AIK Solna of the Swedish 3rd Division, scoring at a point-pergame pace with 11-5-16 and 24 PIM in 16 games. 

2003-04: Scored 6-11-17 with 99 PIM and was +7 in 66 games…won the Oilers Community Service Award for the 3rd consecutive season…led Oilers in PIM with 99, marking 3rd time in last 4 seasons he has led Oilers…scored points in 16 of 66 games and was plus or even in 53 of 66 games…after scoring 0-4-4 in his first 31 games (Oct. 9-Jan. 18), he finished the season with 6-7-13 in final 35 games (Jan. 20-Apr. 3)…scored points (2-3-5) in 4 of last 13 games (Mar. 10-Apr. 3)…registered lone multiple point game of the season with 1-1-2 vs Columbus (Mar. 16)…had three, two-game scoring streaks with 2-0-2 (Jan. 29-31), 0-2-2 (Feb. 23-25) and 1-2-3 (Mar. 14-16)…involved in 5 Oilers GWG with 1-4-5…scored GWG vs Atlanta (Feb. 11) and assisted on GWG vs Pittsburgh (Dec. 6), at Los Angeles (Dec. 16), vs Ottawa (Mar. 14) & vs Columbus (Mar. 16)…scored PPG vs Colorado (Mar. 10) at 15:26 of 3rd period to send game into OT…played his 400th career Oilers/NHL game at Phoenix (Feb. 27)…registered his 700th career Oilers/NHL PIM vs Minnesota (Dec. 30). 

2002-03: Scored 6-7-13 with 110 PIM and was -4 in 64 GP…won Oilers Community Service Award for 2nd consecutive season…3rd on the Oilers in PIM (110), marking the 4th consecutive season with 100-or-more PIM…played 300th career Oilers/NHL game at NY Rangers (Nov. 5)…registered his 600th career Oilers/NHL PIM vs Columbus (Jan. 13) …missed a total of 16 games due to injury…tied with Shawn Horcoff & Eric Brewer for Oilers playoff scoring lead…scored 1-3-4 with 4 PIM & was +2 in 6 GP vs Dallas in the Western Conference Quarterfinal…established single-season playoff highs for assists & points…scored points in 4 of 6 games. 

2001-02: scored 5-14-19 in 80 GP…led Oilers in PIM for the 2nd consecutive season with 157 PIM...won the Oilers Community Service Award…had a 132 consecutive games played streak ended when he was sidelined for two games (Jan. 19-21) with tendonitis in his right forearm.

2000-01: scored 13-16-29 with 148 PIM and was +5 in 82 GP to finish 11th in scoring on the Oilers, 7th in goals and 11th in assists…led Edmonton in PIM with 148…tied for 6th on the Oilers in post-season scoring with 1- 1-2 in 6 GP vs Dallas in 2001 Western Conference Quarter-Final…scored his first career Oilers/NHL playoff goal in Game 2 at Dallas (Apr. 14/01). 

1999-00: was selected as the Oilers Most Popular Player…played his first full season with the Oilers & enjoyed his most productive season as he established single season highs, scoring 8-8-16 with 123 PIM & was +5 in 76 GP…scored 1st career Oilers/NHL hat trick with three goals vs Los Angeles on Feb. 21/00. 

1998-99: split the season between Edmonton and Hamilton…scored 3-2-5 with 57 PIM in 39 GP with Oilers…scored his first Oilers/NHL career goal on Jan. 7/99 at Phoenix…made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs Dallas

1997-98: made NHL debut with Edmonton, playing 11 GP…was scoreless with 59 PIM…finished 10th in scoring for Hamilton with 10-20-30 in 46 GP.  1996-97: began his pro career with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)…was the Bulldogs 6th leading scorer with 14-20-34 in 73 GP...scored 1-3-4 with 12 PIM in 15 playoff GP as Hamilton advanced to the Calder Cup Final.

 

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