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4 Reasons Claude Giroux Is Already an All-Time Flyers Great

Michael PizzutilloCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2013

4 Reasons Claude Giroux Is Already an All-Time Flyers Great

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    At the beginning of the season, Claude Giroux was named the 19th captain in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers. A bold move by the club, but not surprising.

    But is Giroux currently considered an all-time Flyers great?

    He is unquestionably the most talented player on the Flyers' roster and a fan favorite. Giroux is tenacious, yet graceful on the ice—similar to the way famous conductor Leonard Bernstein commands his orchestra. 

    Simply magical.

    The Philadelphia Flyers named him captain, believing in his talent, ability, leadership and greatness.

    Here are four reasons why Claude Giroux should already be labeled an all-time Flyers great.

International Stardom

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    To be labeled an all-time great, you have to win over your fan base and Claude Giroux accomplished this feat with ease. 

    Last year EA Sports announced, Giroux would be on the cover of NHL 13—as voted by the fans. He was able to claim international stardom after only four full seasons in the league.

    Additionally, according to Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal, Giroux led the NHL in jersey sales for the 2011-2012 season.

    The local fans in Philadelphia love their young player and are anticipating witnessing Giroux live up to his quick rise to fame.

Skills

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    Claude Giroux is blessed with impeccable hockey skills. 

    Back in 2007, when general manager Paul Holmgren reflected on the Flyers selection of the young star—he described Giroux as: "the perfect player model for the new NHL."

    He was spot-on with his analysis.

    Giroux has been a force since entering the league. He has rapidly improved each season, since his first full season in the league (2009-2010), and he has shown no signs of slowing down.

    He can score, pass, defend, hustle and fight—every technical skill an all-time great must possess.

Loyalty

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    Giroux is loyal to the orange and black and nothing represented this more than when he requested to be on the first line against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the last season's playoff match. Every Flyers' fan will have this moment forever engraved in their mind.

    In case you are unfamiliar with Giroux's incredible moment, the Flyers' center leveled rival Sidney Crosby five-seconds into the game and then 27-seconds later scored the game's first goal. 

    The crowd was electric and it was because of him.

    There are numerous examples of Giroux's dedication and love for his team, but this moment alone cemented his well-deserved captaincy and following from his teammates, coaches and fans. 

    He understands what an honor it is to wear a Flyers' sweater.

Leader

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    Claude Giroux was a leader, even before the Flyers named him team captain.

    Now that "G" is the official leader of the team, he will continue to conduct business, as usual. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Giroux explained, "Being named captain is not really going to change the way I play on the ice and act off the ice."

    His teammates already viewed him as their leader and will continue to support and work with the young star, during his captaincy. 

    Giroux received the same boost of confidence from his head coach, Peter Laviolette. In the same Philadelphia Inquirer interview, Laviolette praised Giroux stating, "He's ready to lead and we know we have strong leadership behind him."

    At the age of 25, Giroux still has potential to improve every attribute of his game. But in the short time he's played with the Flyers, he has already implanted himself as one of the all-time greats.

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