Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been named a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist along with Ryan Getzlaf and Sidney Crosby. Giroux’s 28 goals and 58 assists landed him third in the NHL scoring race behind the other two nominees. This is Giroux’s first nomination for the award, although his name was “in the conversation” during the 2011-2012 season.
The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded each season to the player judged most valuable to his team. Although the award usually goes to the “best” player, the official definition gives a slightly different idea. There is no doubt that Giroux was the most valuable player to the Flyers this season.
Giroux, who broke his hand in a golfing accident at the end of the summer, did not score in the first 15 games of the NHL regular season. During that stretch of games the Flyers were 4-10-1. In the final 67 games, Giroux recorded 79 points (28 goals, 51 assists) and the Flyers went 38-20-9.
The Flyers were 22-2-1 when Giroux scored this season, he led all Flyers forwards in TOI/game (20:26), and he led the team with seven game winning goals. All in all it was a great season for Giroux who is completely deserving of this nomination.
The winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy will be announced in Las Vegas on June 24.