Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Giroux lone Flyer to make All-Star roster

The National Hockey League announced its final All-Star Game roster on Tuesday, and the lone Flyers player on the list is forward Claude Giroux.

Danny Briere, who leads the team with 21 goals and is fourth on the club with 33 points, was left out of the mix.

Giroux will join Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, who will co-coach one of the teams, in representing the Flyers at the event.

"Obviously, it is pretty exciting and should be a really good experience,” Giroux said.  “I really don't know what to say.  I never thought I'd be able to accomplish this but it is exciting.  Hopefully I can perform well."

Giroux, who turns 23 tomorrow, will be taking part in his first NHL All-Star game.  He enters tonight’s game at Buffalo ranked second on the Flyers roster in scoring with 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 41 games.  He leads the Flyers with six power-play goals, and is among four players tied for the league lead with three shorthanded goals.

A native of Hearst, Ontario, Giroux was drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  In 167 career NHL games, Giroux has scored 41 goals and added 69 assists for 110 points.

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