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Captain Claude: Flyers Giroux Will Be Named Captain Thursday

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Claude Giroux will be named the Flyers next captain this Thursday, at the team’s open practice at the Wells Fargo Center. The naming was pushing to Thursday it would a public affair and to the Flyer-ed up week of events. This announcement that will be televised and streamed online.

Defense-man Chris Pronger had been the team captain, but due to post-concussion syndrome, he hasn’t played since Nov. 19, 2011. Giroux will be the clubs 19th captain since the Flyers joined the NHL in 1967. The French-Canadian Giroux was the Flyers’ first round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, selected 22nd overall. He made his debut with the Flyers in February 2008 and joined the roster full-time midway through the 2008-09 season. When Philadelphia traded away then captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Giroux stepped in as the first line center. Giroux was the Philadelphia’s top point-scorer in back-to-back seasons, 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 2012, Giroux finished third in the league in point-scoring. His numbers may have higher, but he missed several games due to a concussion and a wrist injury. During the NHL Lockout, Giroux played for Eisbaren Berlin of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga  (DEL).

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