This may be old news for Flyers fans, but last Tuesday, the Flyers officially announced Claude Giroux as the 19th captain of the Philadelphia Flyers in franchise history. Are you surprised?
No, you shouldn’t be. There was a lot of speculation about who was going to be named the new head captain in Chris Pronger‘s absence. There were a few names thrown out there, but Giroux was the obvious choice. Giroux had his best season last year and he really has proven himself as a born leader of the team.
When reporters asked him prior to the announcement about if he thought he’d get the C, he was shy about it and wanted to talk about something else. He did mention that it would be an honor for him. By going out on the ice and decking Sidney Crosby and all around making awesome plays on the ice, it’s no wonder that Giroux is a fan favorite. He asked for the C when he demanded the first shift in the playoffs last year. Showing that intuitive is what gave him the title, but Giroux was already playing as the captain, he just wasn’t officially called that yet.
Giroux will be a great captain. He has moves on the ice and leadership qualities similar to Bobby Clarke, and we in Philadelphia love that. So here’s hoping he decks Crosby again today. Let’s go Flyers!