From One Captain to the Next
VOORHEES, N.J. -- There wasn’t a ceremonial passing of the letter “C” fin front of the cameras from Chris Pronger to Claude Giroux – that kind of hokey, photo-op stuff is saved for the likes of the Miss America pageant.
But, that doesn’t mean Pronger can’t chime in on the decision to name Giroux as his successor, and 19th captain in Flyers history.
Pronger, who flew back to his St. Louis home following Wednesday’s practice, took a minute before he headed for the airport to comment on Giroux being named the team’s new leader.
“It’s well deserved,” Pronger said. “He’s obviously a very important part of the team and a guy that all the guys in that locker room are looking toward.
“As I’ve said in the past, and numerous other players have said in the past, he’s not the only guy in that room that’s a leader. He’s got a lot of help from Kimmo [Timonen] and Danny [Briere] and [Scott Hartnell] and it goes up and down the lineup.
“[Giroux’s] obviously a guy that has to grow into it. The biggest thing he can do is lead by example – come and practice hard and play the game hard – That sets the example for everyone else and they all fall in line behind him.”
Giroux, 25, succeeds Pronger as team captain after Pronger served in that role for one season.
Actually, Pronger was really only able to be the captain for a little more than a month before a nasty eye injury and subsequent bout with post-concussion syndrome ended his season in November, 2011.
Pronger, 38, has been recovering since, but still has not been cleared by doctors to resume skating. In the mean time he will continue to live in St. Louis and recover, and help out the Flyers by doing video work from his home and occasionally meet up with the team for games either in Philadelphia or somewhere on the road.
Giroux is the 18th player to captain the team. Bobby Clarke served in that role on two different occasions, which is what makes Giroux’s captaincy No. 19 in team history.