|Claude Salutes Fans (in honor of Jagr)|
After leading the Flyers to the playoffs, Claude dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round amassing 14 points (1 shy of the franshice record set by Tim Kerr in 1989). When asked about his performance, teammate and good friend Danny Briere said, "He was possessed!"
|Giroux buries Crosby|
On January 15th, 2013, only days away from the start of the shortened season, the Flyers named Claude Giroux their new captain, replacing the injured Chris Pronger (concussion like symptoms). Giroux becomes the 19th captain in Flyers history (and 5th youngest).
But how did Giroux become the superstar that he is today?
Claude Giroux at the age of 17 was the star of the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). He played with them from 2005 to 2008. Giroux played in 197 games, scoring 125 goals and 196 assists for 321 points. He also played 41 playoff games scoring 24 goals and 54 assists for 78 points.
|Claude playing for the QMJHL|
When Claude was 13 years old, in 2001, he played for his hometown Bantam hockey team, the Hearst Lumber Kings, part of the NOHA (Northern Ontario Hockey Association). Hearst, a small French-speaking community located in Northern Ontario, Canada, is where Claude was born and grew up with his sister, Isabel, and his parents, Raymond and Nicole.
|Claude Growing up in Hearst|
Giroux training at 17 before being drafted in the NHL
|Béatrice-Desloges High School Grad|
|Claude with his IIHF gold medal|
Giroux played so well for Gatineau that in 2008 he was invited to represent Junior Team Canada in the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Junior Hockey Championship (Under 20) tournament. There he scored 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 games helping Team Canada win their 14th gold medal.
|Claude drafted by Philadelphia in 2006|
Two years prior, Claude Giroux entered the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, where he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round (22nd overall).
Giroux would start his professional career with the AHL's (American Hockey League) Philadelphia Phantoms. But he wouldn't be there too long as the Flyers called him up to the big club on December 26th. His shortened AHL season lasted only 33 games, where he scored 17 goals and 17 assists. He would play the remaining 42 games with the NHL scoring 9 goals and 18 assists.
|2010 Playoff Beard|
The following season, 2010-11, saw Giroux take off registering career numbers (25g, 51a; 82 games). Due to his outstanding play he was selected to participate in the NHL All Star game. This was the 1st time Giroux was chosen to play with the best in the NHL. There he would play along side teammate and housemate Danny Briere. He would score a goal and an assist in the game.
|Danny and Claude at the 2011 All Star Game|
Briere and Giroux living together
During the off season, the Flyers traded the cornerstones of their team, Captain Mike Richards and Alternate Captain Jeff Carter. One of the reasons why these trades were possible was because of the emergence of Claude Giroux. The Flyers expect big things from their young superstar, and so far in 2011, Giroux, the man they just call 'G', has succeeded those expectations averaging 1.4 points per game this season.
|Claude at the 2012 Winter Classic|
In January of 2012, Claude was selected to participate in his second straight All Star game. He joined teammates Scottie Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen. Giroux was able to score his 2nd career All star goal after receiving a nice pass from teammate and buddy Hartnell.
|Hartnell, Timonen and Giroux at the 2012 All Star Game|
|Claude at his CCG|
|Claude at Flyers Charity Golf Outing|
"This wonderful project will improve the quality of care for our community and will open doors to a possible diversification of services offered, always to improve the quality of life in Hearst and the region," Girard continued.
The 25 year old captain, center, number 28, G, Claude Giroux, young superstar for the Philadelphia Flyers, is a winner on and off the ice.
|Claude smiling at Winter Classic family skate|
(Thanks to CTV for the video, xkaren08, ClaudeGiroux28.com, the Philadelphia Flyers, Nike, the NHL, AHL, OHL, QMJHL, IIHF, CCHL, NOHA, & to the Claude Giroux Centre.)