The Legend of Claude Giroux Grows

Yesterday, Claude Giroux, who will soon find out if he won the voting to be on the cover of NHL 13, received the Wanamaker Award, (basically) given to the best team or athlete in Philly sports. This year, that may be like being the tallest midget in the circus, but it’s an honor nonetheless. Giroux was given the award for his play on the ice, though I’d argue his beer pong dominance with casts on both wrists was equally as impressive.

Peter Laviolette gave a speech to honor his star player, and in doing so Lavs added a little more color to Giroux’s Game 6 performance against the Penguins, which included demolishing Sidney Crosby and a goal, both during the first shift. We knew that G requested the first shift, but Lavs provided more detail: []

On Tuesday, Laviolette compared it to a baseball player who "called his shot."

"What was special about that moment and really paints a picture of Claude, not only is he counted on on the ice, but his competitiveness and character that we get to see from the inside on a daily basis and what truly makes him deserving of this award, is somebody really called his shot," Laviolette said. "Probably 12 years since I've been coaching, no athlete has every come up and said that they want to do something, that he had to do it, had to have that first shift. … Before the game, Claude had come up to me and said, 'I don't know where you're going with that first shift, but I really want that first shift.' We're in our building, there's 20,000 fans in the Wells Fargo Center and here's a young athlete who's growing every day with his stardom in the League. And what I found out afterward is right before he went out for the faceoff, he took his last sip of water by the bench and he told two of his teammates, 'Wait until you see this.'

"He set the tone for the day and got us through the series. To me, that exemplifies the person who should win this award."


Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch this compilation of Lavs from 24/7 and sob into a pile of pain as I prepare to watch Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne and Justin Williams and the rest of Flyers West hoist the Stanley Cup tonight.


20 Responses

  1. Gagne, happy for him. Richards, good for him. Carter, get bent. Justin Williams, second Cup for him.

  2. Don’t forget Hextall. Even as not a player, you have to believe there’s going to be a wave of emotion from Flyers fans seeing RON F’N HEXTALL lifting up the biggest prize in the game.

  3. Agree with the posts above: Don’t care about Williams. Carter deserves nothing. Happy for Richards and especially Gagne and Hextall.

  4. Jeff Carter’s not going to give a crap what we think of him when he’s drinking beer out of the Cup at his beach house. Both of them. He’ll probably start in Manhattan Beach and end in Sea Isle.

  5. Can we please stop calling them Flyers West. It was kind of funny when we called Houston ‘Phillies South’ mainly cause we kept trading with Ed Wade. But seriously, it’s getting old. CBP South, CBP West, Phillies South, Flyers West… it’s a watered down drink and honestly, what’s the point of that?
    Players move around, it happens, especially in the NHL. It’s like we’re trying to stake some claim to the cup they’re going to win, and hoenstly that’s pathetic.

  6. Shut up bullseye bill. I get that players move around but not usually like this. They are Flyers Wes, not only with the amount of former Flyers players they accumulated but their front office is run by 2 former members of the organization.

  7. Bullseye its a little different when one of the players spent 10+ years on the team and the other was the captain for multiple years. And the assistant GM was the second best goalie in Flyers history

  8. My only complaint is calling them Flyers West. I think it’s stupid. Personally, I want to see them win, I want to see Hextall get a cup. I’m still a huge fan of the guy. My two main issues:
    1. The names (Flyers West, Phillies South, etc.) are overdone and annoying.
    2. Staking claim to any part of another team’s successes is stupid.

  9. Flyers West isnt fair to the Kings, as far as im concerned we are the Kings East

  10. That would go down as the greatest shift ever if only the Flyers were playing still tonight. As it turns out, they are not playing tonight, so it is just a really good shift in another disappointing post-season….and maybe only the second best post today – DOLPHINS CHEERLEADERS

  11. Bullseye.. Who the hell is staking claim to when the kings win the cup? I think we will all be happy (sorta) for them if they win but no one is gonna be like YAY WE WON!! We lost, no one is staking any claim to the cup. And sorry the names annoy u.. We should all stop saying those names cuz bullseye doesn’t like it. Shut up

  12. mcline88 – We have 2 former Kings. That’s it. We aren’t Kings East.

  13. Don’t forget Asst coach John Stevens he is a great guy and deserves this along with the others. So happy the Devils are getting beat!!

  14. Seriously, four first round dratf picks. Traded away. I’m happy for them and all, but this hurts.

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