Ex-NHL player Georges Laraque, who contracted COVID-19, says it makes ‘no sense’ to resume season

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque dealt with fevers and pneumonia in both lungs after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week.

So he speaks from experience when he says it makes "absolute no sense" to play the rest of the NHL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One possible scenario that the NHL could adopt to resume a season that was suspended on March 12 is to set up a bubble in four cities and play without fans.

"To be asking guys to be tested and be quarantined for two to three months away from the family during this crisis is unfair and inhuman," Laraque, who played 12 NHL seasons and had 131 fights, told Canada's TSN. "Am I going to be forced to be away from my family and be scared of what’s going to happen when I’m not there? And what if something happens when I’m playing and my wife gets sick and I want to go back home?"

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Laraque, who is out of the hospital, says he knows the only reason the season might resume is to hang on to TV revenue, which plays a role in setting next season's salary cap. But he says playing without fans is like playing hockey at training camp.

"The players already know that even if they finish the season, it’s not going to be a true Stanley Cup because the conditions that they are going to be putting on to do this is not going to be like winning the hardest trophy in professional sports," he said.

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