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Claude Giroux

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Status: Philadelphia Flyers right winger/center.

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 172 pounds

DOB: Jan. 12, 1988

In: Hearst, Ont.

First Hockey Memory: "Just being in the basement with my dad and playing some hockey and just playing a lot of hours with that."

Hockey Inspirations: "My dad inspired me a lot when I was a kid. He helped me a lot with my game and he enjoyed it a lot too. I think, when I played junior, Benoit Groulx was my coach who pushed me to get a lot better. I was lucky to have a lot of good coaches when I was younger, too. So a lot of people inspired me."

Last Book Read: "Josh Hamilton’s from the Texas Rangers."

Current Car: "Right now it's a Camaro (gray)."

Favorite Meal: "Grilled cheese."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Chocolate."



Greatest Sports Moment:
"When we were going to the Stanley Cup final."



Most Painful Moment:
"Minus-6 against Ottawa."

Favorite Uniforms: "Flyers (laughs). The Winnipeg new ones are pretty cool."

Favorite Arena: "Montreal. The fans are pretty loud there."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Scott Hartnell, when he threw his glove with five seconds left in the game. And the guy had a breakaway after. Three years ago."

Closest Hockey Friends: "On the team? (Yes.) Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Aaron Asham and Scott Hartnell."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "Good question...I'd say Mike Richards. (Why him?) When the game's on the line, he shows up. Just his will to win is pretty amazing to watch."

Most Memorable Goal: "Game 3, Stanley Cup final."

Strangest Game: "Loss, 7-0 to the Rangers. Just a weird game, nothing was working."



Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"That minus-6 was pretty bad."

Last Vacation: "I went to Cabo, Mexico."



Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"I got a couple. I like pretty much everything. But basketball is up there."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Sense of humor. Generous. And caring."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" is available on www.amazon.com. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com

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