<
>

Georges Laraque: Steroid use common

MONTREAL -- Retired NHL enforcer Georges Laraque says in a new book that steroid use was commonplace for years in hockey dressing rooms.

And it wasn't limited to just the league's bruisers, Laraque wrote in "The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy."

Laraque, who is now a deputy leader of the federal Green Party, doesn't accuse any players by name in the book. He said enforcers also used steroids to gain weight before arriving in the pros, and took substances such as Ephedrine so they would be desensitized before a fight.

The NHL and the NHL Players' Association haven't responded to Laraque's claims. Testing for performance enhancing substances was included in the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union in 2005.