Laraque mad over bloody trading cards

Georges Laraque is taking issue with a blood-spattered series of trading cards celebrating...

Georges Laraque is taking issue with a blood-spattered series of trading cards celebrating legendary hockey brawlers. (Courtesy of In The Game)

ETIENNE BOUCHARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:49 PM ET

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is squaring off against an Ontario company that's behind a blood-spattered Enforcers series of trading cards celebrating legendary hockey brawlers.

Laraque says he signed off on the image rights earlier this year but was shocked when journalists approached him with the finished product.

Blood-themed graphics frame the photos of several classic enforcers including Laraque, Chris Nilan, Tie Domi and Bob Probert. There's also a card featuring Wade Belak, one of three former NHL tough guys who have died this year.

Laraque says the Enforcers series sends "a very bad message" to youngsters.

"I gave them two choices: take me off the card or remake my card without the blood," Laraque told QMI Agency.

"Nobody (in my camp) approved this (design)."

He mentioned the fact that Belak's mother decried the card series, which he says is in "very bad taste."

"She was very saddened by this and disgusted -- I believe that the timing is very bad," added the Montrealer who racked up 1,126 penalty minutes and 131 regular-season fights during his career.

Laraque says he will contact his lawyers to consider legal action, but the card company says the Enforcers series will hit shelves as planned on Jan. 19.

In The Game, based in the Toronto area, adds that the players have no artistic control over the design of the cards.


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