Ex-NHLer Georges Laraque to be named federal Green party deputy leader
Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque comments after being released by the team Thursday, January 21, 2010. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, July 31, 2010 1:59PM EDT
MONTREAL - The federal Greens are hoping a former NHL tough guy will help beef up the party's presence in Quebec.
Party leader Elizabeth May is expected today to name Georges Laraque as a deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada.
The 260-pound former Montreal Canadiens enforcer joined the Greens last February but his role has been undefined until now.
The announcement is part of an attempt by the party to gain traction in the province.
Laraque will join Adriane Carr as a second deputy leader of the Greens.
He will replace Jacques Rivard, who jumped ship to the Bloc Quebecois in June.