Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
"I guess I'm not invincible, just got diagnosed with Covid, since I'm asthmatic, not the best news, will fight it off!" he wrote in French and English.
The Tweet included a picture of Laraque, 43, in the hospital.
Bon je ne suis pas invincible, je viens tout juste d’être diagnostiqué avec le Covid, pas la meilleure nouvelle étant donné que je suis asthmatique, ca va aller! I guess I’m not invincible, just got diagnosed with Covid, since I’m asthmatic, not the best news, will fight it off! pic.twitter.com/KIgo8Ra0sT— Georges Laraque (@GeorgesLaraque) April 30, 2020
The veteran of 695 NHL games racked up 1,126 career penalty minutes while playing for four teams, most notably the Oilers. Drafted in the second round by Edmonton in 1995, he made his NHL debut two years later in a Battle of Alberta matchup where he dropped the gloves with the Flames' Todd Simpson.
Laraque wrapped up his career in 2010 with his hometown Canadiens, two games after his final NHL goal, No. 53. He also finished his career with 100 assists and 12 playoff points.
The hockey world immediately responded to the news and sent well wishes to "The Rock."
Get well soon, Big Georges!— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 30, 2020
Get better George I will keep you in my prayers my friend— Chris Nilan (@KnucklesNilan30) April 30, 2020
Keep fighting my friend, thinking of you and a full recovery!— Sarah Nurse (@nursey16) April 30, 2020
Speedy recovery brother.— Christopher Milo (@chris_milo30) April 30, 2020
Get well liney...— Jim Dowd (@dowdjim) May 1, 2020
Get well big man.— PJ Stock (@PJStock28) April 30, 2020
Prompt rétablissement, Georges. ❤️— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 30, 2020
One day later, on Friday, Laraque thanked the hockey community for their well-wishes.
Thanks everyone for your prayers and wishes, this is where I’m gonna live for awhile until my lungs clears! Merci à vous tous pour vos prières et vos souhaits, c’est ici que je vais vivre un bon de temps jusqu’à ce que mes poumons se rétablissent! pic.twitter.com/BnpMS1G6JK— Georges Laraque (@GeorgesLaraque) May 1, 2020