Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/5/11

Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque detailed in his recent book that steroids is prevalent in NHL locker rooms.

"I have to say here that tough guys weren't the only players using steroids in the NHL," Laraque wrote in "The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy."

"It was true that quite a lot of them did use this drug, but other, more talented players did too. Most of us knew who they were, but not a single player, not even me, would ever think of raising his hand to break the silence and accuse a fellow player."

Laraque doesn't offer any names, but does shed light on potential warning signs.

"First, you just have to notice how some talented players will experience an efficiency loss as well as a weight loss every four years, those years being the ones the Winter Olympics are held," he wrote.

"In the following season they make a strong comeback; they manage a mysterious return to form."

Laraque, who last played in the NHL in 2010, noted that the league is taking steps against performance-enhancing drugs - but needs to take a stronger stance against human growth hormone.

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