Georges Laraque Will Be Thinking of Jack Robinson Tomorrow

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Until this video, I had never heard of Georges Laraque, but it was hard not to be impressed with the guy after watching the interaction with his fellow combatant. How can you not appreciate someone who approaches a hockey fight while still minding his manners?

One thing I didn't realize (perhaps naively) about Laraque was the racial struggle he often had to contend with while growing up as a black hockey player. It wasn't easy, and the fact that he has silenced those who directed slurs and violence toward him and reached the NHL speaks volumes about the man's character.

Laraque's story is especially important now because it provides an example of just how far Jack Robinson's story and influence have reached. Most of the talk leading up to tomorrow's league-wide celebrations has been about the multitude of players wearing Robinson's number 42 and the dearth of African-Americans in the major leagues, but the important thing to remember is what exactly Jack's arrival in Brooklyn meant to EVERYONE who has been forced to deal with hatred and intolerance. (Although it's ironic that Robinson wasn't allowed to fight back when taunted about his race - at least not initially - while the sport Laraque plays allows him to beat the crap out of anyone stupid enough to throw a slur his way.)

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 7:38 PM

5 Comments:

Hockey? Wait did I stumble across the wrong site?

Apr 15, 2007, 11:24:00 AM  

great post. laraque is a stand up guy, and not only the physical force that he is. im glad more people are understanding just what this guy means to the pens, and hockey as a whole. he understands his role as an enforcer and his role as a black hockey player from canada. the guy has had an immediate impact on the youthful pens, and consistently carries himself in a positive, well-meaning way

Apr 15, 2007, 1:54:00 PM  

I don't know why he didn't get any time yesterday, but it would be great to see him out on the ice in Pittsburgh tonight.

Apr 15, 2007, 2:13:00 PM  

he didnt play yesterday cos therrien went with petrovicky, who is a better, faster skater. ray shero was just on fsn pgh sayin that its a 25 man team, and georges not bein a part of yesterdays game doesnt mean anything. it would be good to have him in, cos somebody is gonna have to do something to set the physical tone. laraque only played 5 mins in game 1, mostly because he is a liability when it comes to puck handling and skating, and petrovicky provides more support in those areas. still, i hope hes a part of game 3 in a half hour (go pens!). if not, maybe he will get in for game 4

Apr 15, 2007, 5:40:00 PM  

Good post!

I'm desperately waiting for Laraque to join another team so I can like him again- he's one of my faves ;-)

DCSportsChick said...
Apr 26, 2007, 6:42:00 AM  

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