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Laraque named first executive director of CHLPA

The Canadian Press

8/21/2012 8:00:26 PM

MONTREAL -- Georges Laraque has been hired as executive director of the fledgling Canadian Hockey League Players' Association.

The former NHL tough guy announced on his Twitter account that he was "proud" to accept the role Tuesday.

Specific details about how the CHLPA -- which would represent major junior hockey players in Canada -- will function have yet to be formally announced.

CHL president Dave Branch told The Canadian Press on Tuesday night that he had yet to be contacted by a union representative.

Laraque spent three years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League -- winning a Memorial Cup with the Granby Predateurs in 1996 -- before moving on to a NHL career that spanned 695 games.

His playing career ended in 2010.