|Born:||January 12, 1988||Draft:||2006 Flyers, 22nd Overall|
|Hometown:||Hearst, ON, CAN||Position:||C/W|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Team:||Philadelphia Flyers|
Claude Giroux (born January 12, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and captain of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers selected Giroux 22nd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has been the Flyers‘ team captain since January 13, 2013.
Prior to playing in the NHL, Giroux played his major junior career with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he helped the team win a 2008 President’s Cup and earned the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the 2008 playoff MVP. Internationally, he won a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Giroux made his debut with the Flyers in February 2008 and joined the roster full-time midway through the 2008–09 season. In 2011, after the blockbuster trades of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Giroux took over the role of the club’s first line centre. In 2018, he finished second in the league with 102 points, behind only Connor McDavid.
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- 2005-06 CHL All-Rookie Team
- 2005-06 CHL Top Prospects Game
- 2005-06 QMJHL All-Rookie Team
- 2007-08 CHL First All-Star Team
- 2007-08 QMJHL Champion
- 2007-08 QMJHL First All-Star Team
- 2007-08 QMJHL Playoffs MVP (Guy Lafleur Trophy)
- 2007-08 U20 WJC Gold Medal
- 2010-11 NHL All-Star Game
- 2011-12 NHL All-Star Game
- 2014-15 NHL All-Star Game
- 2014-15 World Championship Gold Medal
- 2015-16 NHL All-Star Game
- 2016-17 World Championship Silver Medal
- 2016-17 World Cup Gold Medal
- 2017-18 NHL All-Star Game
- 2017-18 NHL Second All-Star Team
- 2018-19 NHL All-Star Game
Born and raised in Michigan, Kyle Knopp started playing hockey when he was 3 years old. Knopp has played, coached, or worked at every level of ice hockey — including three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings where he was part of the Stanley Cup Championship team in 2008. He covers the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings for The Hockey Writers and is the editor of THW’s Morning Skate newsletter. You can follow him on Twitter @THW_Knopp.