In case you weren’t watching the NHL Awards a couple days ago or you weren’t logged into twitter, you might not have heard that Philadelphia Flyers own Claude Giroux was named as the first ever fan voted cover athlete for EA Sports NHL 13. After weeks of campaigning, Giroux finally beat out Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for the spot as the cover athlete.
I can’t say that this announcement is at all surprising. Flyers fans are a little nuts, I mean this as a compliment, since I am among them, and there was no way that they were going to let Giroux go down without a fight. Fans, flyers players and members of the organization have been helping G through the voting process so it is no wonder that we stuffed the ballot, giving Giroux that recognition that he deserves.
Although Rinne did just as well, I don’t think the cover would have gone to a goalie. Mainly because the guys in net don’t seem to get as much recognition as the guys playing in front of them. Which is really a shame, because goalies are really the backbone of every organization. In my opinion at least, a team needs a good goaltender to win championship. If the cover would have gone to a net minder, I would think it would have gone to Quick or Lundqvist, as these are two of the tops goalies in the league right now. Since neither of these players made it to the final rounds of the voting, despite their great performance in the playoffs, it is not surprising that it finally went to G.
So while the cover athlete spot is not something equivalent to a championship, I think it gives the Philadelphia Flyers good publicity. Specifically Giroux, who has been a team player and leader in the past couple of years and has really been showing his maturity as an athlete on the ice for Philadelphia. Seriously when is this guy going to become captain?
Giroux has the makings of a good captain for the Flyers, which I was even thought back when Pronger was given the spot last season. He also has the makings of the next big star in Philadelphia. Bobby Clarke said it himself, and I’m sure all fans can agree with this.
By becoming the cover athlete, I think this gives Giroux more league wide recognition. For instance the Western fans, can probably start to recognize that Giroux has potential and really show the rest of the hockey communication that he’s here to play and win doing it. Maybe next season he can pull a Stamkos and score 60 goals in a season.
Well, one can only hope.
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