After leading the Flyers to the 2012 playoffs, Claude dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round amassing 14 points (1 shy of the franchise 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 became the 19th captain in Flyers history (and 5th youngest). Since then, Giroux has compiled 246 points in 258 games (as of January 29th, 2016).
How did it all start for Claude Giroux?
|Claude Growing up in Hearst|
But all this didn't come this easily for Claude. Giroux wanted to play for the OHL (Ontario Hockey League), nearest to his home in Heart Ontario, but he was never drafted. To be drafted by the Canadian Junior Hockey League, a player must have an impressive Bantam and Midget career.
|Claude playing for the QMJHL|
At the age of 15, Claude's family moved to the nation's capital, Ottawa. That didn't stop Claude from playing his beloved sport. In 2002-2003, he played Major Bantam hockey for the Cumberland Barons and in 2003-4, Claude moved up to Minor Midget AA for the same club. In 39 games with the Barons, Claude registered a very impressive 31 goals and 28 assists for 59 points. The following season, he advanced to Junior A ice hockey (part of the Central Canadian Hockey League) playing for the Cumberland Grads.
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's (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Junior Hockey Championship (Under 20) tournament. Playing for Team Canada, he scored two goals and four assists in eight games helping his nation win their 14th gold medal in the event.
|Claude drafted by Philadelphia in 2006|
In 2008, along with his IIHF gold medal, Giroux also went on to win the President Cup for the QMJHL Champion scoring 17 goals and 51 points in just 19 games. He was awarded the Guy Lafleur Trophy for MVP of the playoffs.
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 started his professional career with the AHL's (American Hockey League) Philadelphia Phantoms. But he did not last there too long as the Flyers called him up to the big club on December 26th, 2008. 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: 25 goals and 51 assists for 76 points in 82 games. Due to his outstanding play, Giroux was selected to participate in his first NHL All Star game. Claude suited up along side teammate and housemate Danny Briere and registered a goal and an assist in the game.
|Danny and Claude at the 2011 All Star Game|
Briere and Giroux living together
During the 2011 off-season, the Flyers traded their cornerstones, 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 expected big things from their young superstar, and so far, Giroux, or the man they simply call 'G', has succeeded those expectations averaging over a point per game from 2011 to 2015.
|Claude at the 2012 Winter Classic|
On January 29th, 2012, Claude was selected to participate in his second consecutive All Star game where he joined teammates Scottie Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen. Giroux was able to score his second career All Star goal after receiving a nice pass from teammate and buddy, Hartnell.
|Hartnell, Timonen and Giroux at the 2012 All Star Game|
|Giroux with teammate Jake Voracek at the 2015 NHL All Star game|
Giroux walks CTV through his favorite spots in Ottawa
|Claude at his CCG|
Claude Giroux isn't just a superstar on the ice. In 2010, Giroux partnered up with the Hearst Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation to create the Claude-Giroux Centre for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Nancy Girard, coordinator of the department of physiotherapy said, "It's a dream come true for the physiotherapy department!"
|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 28 year old captain, center, number 28, G, Claude Giroux, 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.)