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Flyers captain Giroux to miss 5-6 weeks after freak golf injury

Aug 15, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

Claude Giroux, Kyle Turris Getty Images

After an initial report from’s Tim Panaccio saying Flyers captain Claude Giroux pulled out of a charity golf tournament in Ottawa due to an injury to one of his surgically repaired wrists, it turns out he had a freak accident to contend with instead.

The Flyers updated the situation saying Giroux had surgery to repair his right index finger on Thursday after hurting it during a round of golf. The team says Giroux’s club shattered sending splinters of the shaft into his finger.

While he didn’t break any bones, there was severe damage to the tendons in his finger. The team says it’ll take 5-6 weeks for a full recovery.

This is an unlucky blow to the team just a month before training camp was set to open. If there’s an upside here, it’s that Giroux likely won’t miss any time in the regular season and will still have a couple weeks in the preseason to get up to speed.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    When I first saw that he injured the finger playing golf I was sure there’d be snickers from Pens fans, but then I read more and that actually sounds pretty gruesome. Luckily this happened now and not an off day during the season. This is a big year for the Flyers and we need our captain 100%. No more golf for awhile G.

    • claudegirwho - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Who is this guy?

    • mattybo - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      In other news, Sydney Crosby has undergone surgery for razer blade removal from his va gina.

      See what I did there?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        misspelled razor? yeah, i see what you did.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        oh, and Sidney

    • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      While I don’t speak for all Pens fans, allow me to be a voice for the usually quiet majority – we don’t want to see Giroux hurt. I hate him very much as a hockey player (because he’s good and not on my team), but I don’t want to see him hurt.

      With that said expensive golf clubs don’t just shatter with a normal swing. I think Claude might have been a little frustrated with one too many duck hooks and might have taken it out on his clubs.

  2. elrock7 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Golf is not a sport for the faint of heart!

    • badintent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Golf is not a sport. only an activity played by guys that are too weak to carry their own clubs and could never jog the entire course . Ever

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        jog the course? please please please tell me you aren’t one of those that thinks that running is a sport.

      • badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Track and field is a sport. you have to train for it. you have to move a distance at speed. Not walk or drive a golf cart 20 feet to a putting green. But if you still don’t think so, try training for the decathlon . I got money you don’t win the gold medal

      • mp1131211 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Golf? Well, that’s debatable. I side with sport. But running, the foundation of 80 percent of all other sports? Not even a discussion.

      • badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        OK. you and Bolt. I’ll give you 20 yards to start in the 100. Bolt wins going away. Show me a pro golfer with no gut and and the ability to swim a water hazard.Maybe one of the Japanese golfers. And Tiger.Being chased by his ex-wife .

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        badintent, i like how you’re talking about decathlon and swimming…. i said strictly running. not sprinting, not swimming, not throwing stuff, running. that is not a sport. that is part of other sports, yes. but a sport in itself, no. it’s a pass-time, an exercise, a thing people brag about thinking they’re good at a sport, but a sport? no.

  3. runhigh24 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Cue the inevitable name calling between the Penguins and Flyers fans!

    • illashell - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      I’m just interested to see how he blames this one on Sid. The caddie was in on it…

      • laxman1944 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Well…..Sidney was the caddie…..just sayin…..

  4. gregman98 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    As requested PhallusPhanatic77:

    Imagine this verbage with Giroux’s inability pronounce an “H” sound and the plural of English words:

    “The several finger on my and were not ealed after that oser Crosby it my ands two seaon ago, even though I ad full playoff time to work my finger into shape with golf”.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      That you WHAMMY? He would always call me Phallus. Anyway Giroux’s franco-onterien, hence the way he speaks. Hes from an area where almost 90% of the ppl speak french. English is his 2nd language. Could you not tell that by his name?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        lol he has no issue with the way Malkin talks tho.

      • gregman98 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        First off, I have no idea who whammy is.

        You have an amazing grasp of pointing out the obvious. Of course I know he’s French, that’s why I’m making fun of him.

        And PS, Malkin’s English syntax and grammar makes him sound almost as much of tard as Giroux.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Almost??? Please, it’s amazing Malkin has a grasp on any language.

      • whammy71 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Sorry PhillyPhallicSymbol….not me.

        All I know is that Gayrioux probably injured his finger probing Hartnell’s back door. Glad you still think about me! 😉

  5. President Charles Logan - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    not good news regardless

  6. ironman721 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Wow, that’s not cool. That might be the most bizarre offseason injury ever. Hope he’s ok. Signed a Pens fan.

  7. f2maestro - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    You’d think with all the golfing practice Claude has had this wouldn’t have happened. Maybe another early exit this year could help him clean up his game.

    This topic is going to be gold.

    • tcclark - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      I wanted to make sure you knew that my thumbs down was not because I’m an angry Flyers fan, but because you act like the Flyers miss the playoffs every year. 9 times in franchise history… almost the same number of times the Penguins have almost gone bankrupt.

      • girouxed - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM


      • f2maestro - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        I never said they miss the playoffs every year; Any exit before the SCF is an early exit in my eyes. So take from that what you will.

      • tcclark - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Then by that math, Crosby has almost just as many “early exits” as Giroux does. He must have a good golf game because he doesn’t make the Stanley Cup every year? Please. In fact, before this year, Claude Giroux had played in more playoff series in his career, than Sidney Crosby had in the same time frame (08-12).

    • alexg114 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      f2maestro – Aug 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM
      I never said they miss the playoffs every year; Any exit before the SCF is an early exit in my eyes. So take from that what you will.

      You are correct:

      Flyers Cup appearances: 8
      Penguins: 4

      In over 40 years you have had only 4 deep runs in the playoffs..

      Wow.. you are proud of that??

      • f2maestro - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        My coment was directed at Claude, not the Flyers in general. 40 years as a sample size (I prefer 20, however even that is too large for this discussion) is not a good choice concidering Claude has only been playing in the NHL for 6 years.

        Over the last 20 years, how many times has Philly made a run to atleast the SCF? 4
        Over the last 20 years, how many times has Pittsburgh made a run to atleast the SCF? 4

        Over the last 20 years, how many times has Philly won a cup? 0
        Over the last 20 years, how many times has Pittsburgh won a cup? 3

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Was he using a wooden club or what? I’ve broken a few clubs but haven’t seen one shatter before. Weird.

    • claudegirwho - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      It’s graphite that shatters

  9. illashell - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hate the dude, but it seems odd that a titanium rod just ‘shattered’.

  10. ibieiniid - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    mojorisin: don’t you know hockey players use composite golf clubs these days ?

    • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      so i said that as a joke initially…. but when claudegirwho commented above, i realized they actually make those.

  11. ducksk - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Let me guess, blame Sid for whacking Claudette’s limp wrists as the real cause.

  12. girouxed - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Golf is dumb.

    • laxman1944 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Golf is wonderful

  13. steelers88 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Yeah I can’t stand golf never had the patience for it. As for Giroux I’m not going to make fun because of what Crosby has gone through. You never want to see another human in pain plus I’d rather have the Penguins play the Flyers with Giroux in the lineup. It’s better for the NHL if Crosby and Giroux are healthy.

  14. bobhpine - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM




    • govtminion - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      *whew* I was worried this might end up full of respectful comments. Thanks!

  15. bobhpine - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    How will Claudette blame this little malady on Crosby? We already know his fragile little wrists got multiple booboos from the big bad Sidney Crosby.

    Getting injured golfing is so much worse than whatever Plaxico did to himself. Claude Giroux is the Steve Irwin of golf, only he’s also a ginger.

    “Broad Street Bullies”


    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Wow you’re only the 4th Pens fan to make that joke on here. Still more original than most of your posts though.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        everytime he posts, he’s almost begging for us to count the cliches. “claudette.” going back several years for both Irwin and Plax. overuse of the term “ginger.” capitalized laughing to try to convince us to laugh along with him. yep. hearing things for the 200th time still makes us laugh.

    • laxman1944 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I thought Mommy took away your computer privlidges for not picking up the dog poop…….

  16. President Charles Logan - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    this whole Broad St Bully perception is quite amusuing to keep bringing up… ya know , going back many years looking through old youtube clips and reading up on flyers history… they were only really a true titled “goon squad” for maybe a few years in the 70’s and into the early 80’s … it’s been ages since they have been known as an intimidating team . Eric Lindros was their hardest hitter for nearly a decade… do flyer fans really think Shawn Antoski and Daniel Lacroix were that tough? .. then they had Donald Brashear in the early to mid 2000’s in his prime and still didnt scare Ottawa that one night in 04 from beating their brains all over the ice AT HOME in that melee .
    Im not mocking the Flyers tough hockey brand name they use to sell and market , but they havent been scary or tough to play against in a really long time . …. especially at home .

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      First off, it’s mostly opposing fans who continuously (and incessantly) bring up the goon persona of the franchise. The front office doesn’t shy away from big tough players (Simmonds, Hartnell, Pronger, etc) but it’s not their main focus. It’s not as if they turn away skilled players all the time (unless they’re Russian) in favor of big plodders. They have plenty of skill now and have over the past decades.

      And where exactly are players intimidated to play now? It’s not the 70s, no arenas are really feared amongst professional players nowadays. Every team attempts to defend their home ice. It’s no different for the Flyers. You have the total wrong idea about the current franchise. Every single team in the NHL has physical players. Every single team in the NHL has a goon or two. Every single team will go for the big hit if you have your head down. Every single team fights. It’s just when the Flyers do it the old “Broad St. Bully” moniker is brought up by the media and/or opposing fans. The Flyers don’t ignore their legacy but they also don’t play it up as much as you’re inferring. The object is to win hockey games, not intimidate the opponent. That doesn’t mean teams across the league (including the Flyers) don’t try, but it’s not the main focus. Even if Pens fans say otherwise.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        I can’t think of a guy on the Flyers who is an actual goon though. I think there are very few goons left in the league. There are more guys like Shawn Thornton or Scott Hartnell who have skill but bring a nastiness to their game and are never afraid to throw down.

        When I think of a goon, I think of guys like John Scott.

      • President Charles Logan - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        fair points you make 77 (like usual) but did you not understand that my comments i made are dating back longer then the last 8-9 seasons (since the “new powder puff nhl” has been created ??
        …. alot of the new antiseptic arenas you are correct hold no home ice advantage due to teams being scared . the only point I was really trying to make was the flyers basically used these means to HELP assist themselves win alot of games and a win couple of cups in the 70’s .. and carried it on into the early 80’s as well, but I havent seen a truly ” all around tough and intimidating” flyers squad that can hold up to that reputation from the 70’s and 80’s since that time .. but fighting and mean physical hockey was a big part of the sport and did play an effect all the way up till a decade ago… you have to admit that

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        I would absolutely agree that there hasn’t been a Flyers team that compares to the late 70s squad since that time period. But I think it would have been almost impossible to continue that intimidating trend. 70s hockey was like the Wild West. I mean Dave Schultz put up almost 500 penalty minutes in 74-75. Let that sink in… 500 penalty minutes. You couldn’t do that in the 80s or 90s. The league hated the Flyers so much that they adapted the rules to prevent brawls. We now have the instigator rule, along with other rules regarding fights, to curb the mayhem that team caused in the 70s. And as the league changed, the Flyers have adapted. When people refer to a “Flyers brand of hockey” nowadays, it’s referring more to a toughness or grit as opposed to intimidation. The 80s were a high flying decade and the Flyers adapted to that period with skill over brawn. But, you’re right, fighting and hitting has never stopped being part of the game. And I think, especially when Bob Clarke was the GM (since he was a Bully), the Flyers have atleast attempted to continue that legacy to a degree. Whether they’ve been successful in intimidating opponents is hard to say; certainly not like they did back in their heyday.

        I’d say the NHL started changing even before the 04-05 lockout. When the Flyers left the Spectrum for the (then) Corestates center, they lost a little of that aura. Opposing teams were certainly scared to go to the Spectrum during the 70s. Now arenas are all about technology and comfort. They used to be grimy. It was “anything goes” when the Eagles used to play at Veterans Stadium. And that change sort of coincides with the way hockey teams and players interact nowadays. Thanks to social media and other advancements it seems that all athletes are friends off the ice, court, and field. I don’t know for sure, but I’d imagine not too many opppsing players would want to hang out with Bullies after a game in the mid 70s. Especially when you consider the original 6 and the hockey royalty despised the way they played the game.

    • laxman1944 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      HEY……Antoski was excellent at using his face to break the hands of other goons…….watch your tongue sir.

  17. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I guess Giroux fingered himself a bit too hard

  18. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Im sure this has been said in the comments already but I am saying it anyways.
    Remember when crosby took a puck to the face and flyers fans were calling him a baby and comparing it to how Simmonds got a puck and didn’t miss any time? Yeah, me too.

    While G has broken his wrists from slashes from crosby ( aka a Nickleback T shirt gun) and a golf injury.

    Had to stir the pot. Closet pens fan signing out.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Seriously? It wasn’t just Flyers fans saying things about Crosby. The guy is either beloved or hated so ppl are always going to say things about him, even if they’re illogical. Crosby got hit by a deflected slap shot, Simmonds had a puck jump and nail his lip. They’re clearly different. The Flyers fans that said that are the same type as the Pens fans who commented on this page. There’s no need to stir the pot, it’s already been done.

      Who would you root for in a Pens-Sharks cup? I’m guessing Pens.

  19. nicknyhc - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Sidney Crosby is gay.

    That is all.

    • pens5829 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      And how is it you know this? From experience?

  20. steelers88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I do see why people hate Sidney Crosby.

  21. 950003cups - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    They should ban golf. Too dangerous.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      wait a second… that sounds like a pro-gun argument. tell me it isn’t…. please.

  22. antmel30 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I can’t take any comment SJSharks66 says seriously anymore. This dope was telling me how good Clowe is and that he is hands down better than Simmons. Well you can look up the stats yourself and see Clowe blows and is on major decline. Sj keep mouth shut and stop with your dumb no nothing comments. You know nothing about hockey nor loyalty. I route for no other nhl team but flyers I don’t call myself the flyguy then route for the bruins.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      “dumb no nothing comments?”

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        “I route”

      • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        oh wow you spelled it like that twice, wasn’t a typo. it’s root.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM


  23. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Phillyphanatic and Antmel…

    You both can read my reply to your comments in the newest blackhawks article. Haha whoops

    • laxman1944 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Get back under your bridge troll.

  24. kingjoe1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Every golf club manufacturer is praying that he doesnt use their brand.

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  26. larrybiv - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    That’s what happens when you play physical sports outside your realm of capabilities. Who does he think he is? Tiger Woods? Deion Sanders? “Stick” to what you get PAID to do. Roflmao.

  27. jimeejohnson - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Broad Street Bullies were the ONLY NHL club to meat the Soviet Union’s Red Army hockey club in the now infamous 1976 series. The Flyers basically intimidated the Soviets from the second the puck was dropped! The Commies never expected the Spanish Inquisition in Philadelphia, PA, but they got it. That night, all North Americans were fans of the toughest, roughest team in hockey: The Broad Street Bully Philadelphia Flyers.

    -NY Islanders fan since 1975

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      meat = beat

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