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Claude Giroux becomes third Flyer to win Wanamaker Award

May 15, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Claude Giroux‘s postseason ended in disappointment, but before that, his 93-point regular season and impressive output against the Pittsburgh Penguins showed why the Philadelphia Flyers passed him the torch. The greater Philly sporting populace noticed, too, as he became third Flyers player to ever win the prestigious John Wanamaker Award, edging out other great athletes such as Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and boxer Bernard Hopkins.

“This year’s recipients are wonderful representatives of the caliber of individuals in the Philadelphia sports community,” said Dave Montgomery, the chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress. “Claude Giroux is not only an outstanding player, but he also has emerged as a true leader for the Flyers.”

Giroux is the first Flyers player to win the award since the “Broad Street Bullies” era dominated the city. Bobby Clarke (1974), Bernie Parent (1975) and coach Fred Shero (1976) took home the Wanamaker during that memorable run. To give you an idea of how big of a deal the award is, Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay took home the 2011 edition.

Peter Laviolette took a lot of grief for calling Giroux the best player in the world, but for one year, he apparently was the best athlete in the city.

  1. sgtr0c - May 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Good for him. For all the emotion, excitement, fun, that this season’s playoff has brought us, thank you all teams, players, coaches. Good luck, Rangers, Devils, Kings, Yotes. One of you deserves it. Still, go Flyers (next year).

  2. spavs412 - May 15, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Best players in the world wear a ring … Nothing from Philly besides baseball can say that. G is punk head shot bumb that blew his load in the first round

    • ml3939 - May 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Steven Stamkos is pretty good and I have not seen his ring. It is a team sport. Giroux only plays one position, not twenty positions. He certainly did not blow his load in the first round. He and his team collapsed in the second round and I believe the defense proved to be the biggest culprit in the end. And by the way, Chris Pronger, Andreas Lilja, Max Talbot, Jaromir Jagr, Pavel Kubina and Bryz all have rings. And I am not prepared to call Lilja one of the best players in the world.

      Now give your mom her computer back and go to bed.

  3. paul621 - May 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Ah, so it’s for the best athlete in the city. That wasn’t worth mentioning earlier than the last line of the post?

  4. crosberries - May 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Thank god he won this award. I didn’t want more flyers fans on here screaming conspiracy like they did about everything else this year.

    • cleverbob - May 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Thanks for taking such a keen interest in our wonderful municipality.

      • crosberries - May 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        Yeah how’s the crime rate over there?

      • cleverbob - May 16, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        As a whole, very similar to Pittsburgh…

        In my specific neighborhood, actually better than Pittsburgh.

    • ml3939 - May 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Yeah, thank god the Flyers were not the consensus favorite to win the cup in going into the finals only to be bounced in the first round by a team with a horrendous defense.

      • bobhpine - May 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        that’s really bad…but what’s worse is not winning the cup since Gerald Ford was president.

        Now that is pathetic.

      • ml3939 - May 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Brand new material from bobhpine, shocker. I am sure you will be trolling with some of your other screen names shortly as well- genopringles, couturierfelatesguys, crosberries and spavs412.

        Sorry Bob, the Flyers were built with integrity, the Pens should be in Kansas City.

  5. chasemutley - May 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Bumb? Hahaha. It’s funny because you’re stupid. #learnhowtospellifyouregoingtoripsomeoneyoudumbass

  6. bleed4philly - May 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Well deserved! Can’t wait til next year!

    • bobhpine - May 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM

      “can’t wait til next year”


  7. kravinmoorhedd - May 16, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    “that’s really bad…but what’s worse is not winning the cup since Gerald Ford was president.

    Now that is pathetic.”

    No Bob, it is not as pathetic as your parents naming you Bob.

    • cleverbob - May 16, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Hey now, no reason to get personal!

  8. wicky888 - May 16, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Man these trolls from Pittsburgh just don’t know when to quit. Go comment on your own threads. Oh wait, no one is writing about you anymore. And say what you want about us not winning a cup since Ford was president, we know it’s true. What is also true is that the majority of you hillbilly Penguins fans have only been watching hockey since the end of George Bush Jr’s second term. Before that, your “franchise” was obsolete for over a decade. I’m sorry there’s nothing else to do out there in the mountains but wait for a Flyers article and run your toothless mouths.

  9. govtminion - May 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM


    Are Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fans really going to do this all summer every time a Flyers article gets posted? You guys ran out of material a month ago.

    • wicky888 - May 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      The Penguins fans start it. Look at the nonsense they post on here. Now go look at the thread about Jordan Staal and you will see Flyers fans making intelligent contributions to the discussion. I only get nasty and immature (and 100% accurate) when provoked.

      • cleverbob - May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Exactly. Notice all the commenter(s?) on here with childish schoolyard taunts as names. It’s only from a handful of fans, but it’s almost as if recess is out. Too bad there isn’t an ‘ignore’ button.

  10. lindroshasalzhiemers - May 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    filthadelphia is trash. the people that live there are scum trash holes. your city smells like stale farts and that green cloud that hovers over it looks beautiful. soup can army 1975

  11. cleverbob - May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    How’s that phrase go…

    I think it’s “stay classy”. Of course this must be representative of all Pittsburghers.

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