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Giroux named Philadelphia’s Pro Athlete of the Year

Dec 14, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association has announced that Flyers center Claude Giroux has been named its 2011 Pro Athlete of the Year.

Giroux, 23, was one of the NHL’s breakout stars this past calendar year. In 2010-11, he led the Flyers in regular-season scoring with 76 points then upped that performance in the playoffs (12 points in 11 games.) Giroux continued his run of excellent play into this season, moving atop the NHL scoring leaderboard (16G-23A-39PTS in 28 games) before being sidelined by a concussion.

The PSWA will honor Giroux at its annual Sports Award Dinner on Jan. 30. Upon receiving the award, he’ll join some pretty select company — Roy Halladay, Brian Dawkins, Jimmy Rollins, Allen Iverson, Ryan Howard and Bernard Hopkins have all won it before.

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Good for him. He still has his best years ahead of him.

  2. bjg5091 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    When the Flyers traded Richards AND Carter, I had my doubts, just like everybody else. I kept a positive outlook on the future knowing that the team had a bunch of young talent. What I did not expect was the young talent blossoming so early. Read and Coutorier are both playing amazing hockey for rookies. And of course Giroux is already the player that people expected in 3 or 4 years. The guy is a star, no way around that. Congrats Claude on winning such an impressive award and here’s to hoping it doesn’t stop there.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    You can’t argue with that selection. Maybe Doc could’ve won it. But anytime hockey gets some kudos, I am not one to complain.

  4. fatass5 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Really , must have been a bad year in Philly

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