UPDATE: Claude Giroux Named Flyers Captain
The Flyers couldn't wait until Thursday.
It has been made official today that Claude Giroux has become the 19th captain in Flyers history. He replaces Chris Pronger, who has not played in 15 months, nor looks like he ever will return to the ice due to post-concussion symptoms.
"It’s not going to change my game or the way I act on the ice or off the ice," Giroux said Thursday afternoon at training camp. "We have a lot of leaders in this locker room, and a lot of veterans."
With Giroux as the captain, he will be backed by three very strong leaders to assist him in guiding the Flyers. Kimmo Timonen, along with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell alternatively, will wear an "A" on their sweaters.
Head coach Peter Laviolette had some endearing comments on his new captain, who he watched grow as a player since Laviolette's taking over in late 2009.
"You go back to that first playoff that we were here, we went to the finals and he was a real contributing factor for us. And then you just watch him rise the next season, and then even more in the playoffs last year, he took it to a new level in the playoffs this year. It’s been fun to watch him develop and grow as a player, and he really has blossomed in this organization."
Flyers fans will get a first look at their captain on Thursday when CSN televises their open practice at the Wells Fargo Center on TV and on CSNPhilly.com.