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Claude Giroux discusses NHL 13 cover nod, makes fun of Scott Hartnell

Jun 20, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux‘s talents weren’t a secret to hardcore hockey fans, but you could definitely call last season a breakthrough one for the Philadelphia Flyers star. A great series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, all that Winter Classic exposure and a fantastic campaign really exposed him to NHL fans. Yet being named the cover star of EA Sports’ upcoming NHL 13 title might be the most mainstream evidence of that breakthrough.

Giroux admitted that he hasn’t played the games much lately (one can imagine that he had more real-life hockey playing to do). That being said, he remembers that his in-game avatar wasn’t always very good.

“Four years ago I remember I played myself and I was real disappointed,” Giroux said. “I was like, ‘this guy sucks.’ Couldn’t shoot, couldn’t skate, always on his butt … so hopefully this year will be better.”

Giroux’s character really took off in NHL 12 and one can assume he’ll be even better in the next game. (Giroux said he thinks he’ll be a 90 in the game.)

Scott Hartnell made a lot of noise on Twitter about the online voting, which drew Giroux’s mockery. In turn, Giroux refused to give Hartnell credit and chose him when asked to name a player who was the most overrated in the game four years ago.

NHL 13 is scheduled to be released in North America on Sept. 11, 2012.

  1. lionsflyersandredbirds - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Wow, Giroux on the cover of NHL 13 and Megatron on the cover of Madden 13. Now all I need is a redbird on the cover of The Show 13 and i’ll be in heaven.

  2. chasemutley - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Lions, flyers and red birds? Oh my. What a combo.

  3. obamablowz - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Don’t play video games….what the hell is everyone talking about!!!!????

  4. mclovinhockey - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Good stuff. I remember watching giroux after every game a few years ago. He always stopped any time he saw fans and would not leave till everyone gets an autograph and photo.
    I was cheering for hartsy since he has been my favorite player for a long time. Hartnell is a great guy and I hope he remains a flyer after next season with another Allstar kimmo tinmonen.

    The flyers really changed a lot from the bully days. Now just a bunch of good deserving guys.

    Also give some credit to rinne. Another great guy with great talent. Maybe next year buddy.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    This game is gonna be awesome

  6. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    looks like im not buying this game since the scum of philthadelphia is on the cover. GENO PRINGLES FOR PRESIDENT

  7. mrpigs - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Flyers have changed??? Are you kidding me? There still a bunch of dirty players!! 6-0 against u clowns this year! Orange crushhhh! LGR

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Yeah, be real proud to have swept the Flyers. Tell me Rangers fan, how did winning the cup go for you guys?

      • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        unless youre a kings fan….people living in glass houses shouldnt throw rocks….just sayin’.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        I’m throwing rocks back at the glass house of the person that chose to throw the rocks in the first place. Responding to instigation is completely different than instigating itself. Wait to use a good analogy improperly.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        it was directed to both of you

  8. dipthatchip - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    awesome news. I was pulling for him to get the cover since the voting started.

    Also, can we get a cleanup on this board for trash accounts? Mods, writers, whatever you are, start banning email addresses or IPs plz

    • govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Hell, we’ve been asking for months and nothing has happened. Despite ‘their’ claims otherwise, I’m willing to bet one IP ban wipes out the entire ‘soup can army’ since ‘they’ all are one person in mom’s basement.

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