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Flyers Name Claude Giroux Captain

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Giroux exemplified what it means to be the captain of a team during last year’s postseason.

Early this evening, the Philadelphia Flyers named Claude Giroux the 19th captain of the Flyers. GM Paul Holmgrem said in a his announcement that “Claude is the undisputed leader of this team” also adding that “He always exhibits a tremendous work ethic in games and practices.  He is a great professional both on and off the ice.” Coach Peter Laviolette also said “Every day he practices and plays games like he wants to make a difference. After watching him grow for three-plus years, it’s now time for Claude to become the captain of this team.”

Claude Giroux said, “Obviously, this is a huge honor. There have been a lot of great captains here in the past.  Along with this comes a lot of responsibility which I am prepared for.  Being named captain is not really going to change the way I play on the ice and act off the ice. But I am very excited about this opportunity.”

Hockey insider Sam Carchidi tweeted earlier that Paul Holmgrem told Claude he was going to be named captain a few days ago.

Along with Claude Giroux being named captain, Kimmo Timonen has been named associate captain, while Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell will serve as alternate captains.

The Flyers open up their 2013 campaign Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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