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LARAQUE TAKES PART IN CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Toronto, ON (December 6, 2006) - Phoenix Coyotes forward Georges Laraque and some of the biggest names in the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) will try to outwit each other at the poker table - all in the name of charity - in the PartyPoker.net Charity Faceoff.

The Canadian Television Network TSN, created the made-for-TV Texas Hold 'Em tournament, PartyPoker.net Charity Faceoff features 16 current and former NHLers with a total purse of $100,000 (Cdn), all going to the players' charities of choice. Laraque will be playing for Stollery Chilren's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. Along with the Coyotes' forward, some of the players participating include three-time Vezina winner and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Bryan McCabe, Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet of the Montreal Canadiens, and tough guys Sean Avery, Donald Brashear.

Thirteen different charities are represented in this tournament, including the NHLPA's Goals & Dreams Fund, which donates money to grassroots hockey programs. The champion of PartyPoker.net Charity Faceoff will see their charity awarded $20,000, while the second place finisher's chosen charity receives $10,000. All of the other participants' charities will be given $5,000.

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