Thursday, May 13, 2010

Georges Laraque: Actor, Singer, Worst Hockey Pitchman Ever?

NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has been off the ice for most of this season. He played in 29 games for the Montreal Canadiens before being told his services weren't required. Since he had a no-trade clause (how the hell does Georges Laraque get a no-trade clause?), the Canadiens simply paid him to stay away from them.

Apparently, Laraque has been putting his time away to good use. He's honed up on his performing arts skills.

Kind of.

This might be one of the worst commercials involving a hockey player you'll ever see.

Sadly, "might" is as strong as we can get. Unfortunately, cheesy commercials are an epidemic among pro athletes, especially -- it seems -- hockey players.

Take Pittsburgh Penguin Max Talbot, who's done a series of them. Here's the best.

Ahem, worst.

Then there's this gem from a real "superstar," Washington's Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin's singing actually spawned a hilarious spoof put together by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Hockey players ... doing BAD commercials.

Oh, do I ever mean "bad."

Laraque joins a pretty large club. He's not the first, and he won't be the last.

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