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Injured Giroux to skip Team Canada Olympic camp

Aug 23, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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Claude Giroux‘s freak golf injury is a costly one.

On Friday, it was announced that the Flyers forward would be skipping Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp — which begins Sunday in Calgary — to focus on rehabbing his finger, which he hurt after shattering his golf club during a round last Thursday.

“Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger.

“Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger. He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks.”

Giroux was one of 25 forwards invited to the camp and, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Hockey Canada isn’t planning on inviting another player in his absence.

  1. President Charles Logan - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    It’s probably more serious of an injury then anyone wants to speculate .

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      ooooooorrrrrr….. it’s a week old.

    • bobhpine - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM


  2. wisdomnfl - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM


    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Orange Jesus

      (sorry, i just saw that on a Flyers article elsewhere, had to use it)

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’m not sure why he would skip it, they aren’t even going to be on the ice this week, it’s strictly a meet and greet, sizing players for equipment and getting all of the off ice stuff out of the way.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      “going to focus on his rehab” says the tweet.

      makes sense. if he wants his hand to be back in game shape in time for camp, a several day long trip to Calgary probably isn’t in his best interest

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        The camp is likely to take place at the Father David Bauer Arena which is home of Hockey Canada, in that building is the Team Canada (and Flames) team doctor’s office, as well as a very good physiotherapy clinic. If Giroux had decided to make the trip both he and his rehabilitation would have been well taken care of in Calgary.

        My guess is it’s more of a symbolic showing for Flyers fans that he’s putting his rehab, and the Flyers, above everything else, and I’m okay with that.

        As far as team Canada not inviting another player in his place, there’s no reason to, with this camp not having any on ice sessions or a scrimmage like they have in the past (HC didn’t want to pay the millions for insurance for the players for the week) there’s no way to gauge chemistry or ability vs each other so why bother filling the spot?

  4. joey4id - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Probably just an excuse to skip orientation camp. Can’t blame him. He’ll probably stay home and play with his Xbox. :)

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      OOH! conspiracy theory!
      check this out. Giroux never even GOT hurt playing golf. this is all just a ploy to buy him some time to….. play more golf. I, for one, will be keeping my eyes peeled on the course for this guy:

      • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Claude Girwho?

  5. gitlin1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Better play iron shafts for now on.

    • bobhpine - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Actually Giroux likes all kinds of shafts

  6. jimw81 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    rather have him bail on olympics

  7. drone501 - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    what a wuss.

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