Claude Giroux’s postseason ended in disappointment, but before that, his 93-point regular season and impressive output against the Pittsburgh Penguins showed why the Philadelphia Flyers passed him the torch. The greater Philly sporting populace noticed, too, as he became third Flyers player to ever win the prestigious John Wanamaker Award, edging out other great athletes such as Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and boxer Bernard Hopkins.
“This year’s recipients are wonderful representatives of the caliber of individuals in the Philadelphia sports community,” said Dave Montgomery, the chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress. “Claude Giroux is not only an outstanding player, but he also has emerged as a true leader for the Flyers.”
Giroux is the first Flyers player to win the award since the “Broad Street Bullies” era dominated the city. Bobby Clarke (1974), Bernie Parent (1975) and coach Fred Shero (1976) took home the Wanamaker during that memorable run. To give you an idea of how big of a deal the award is, Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay took home the 2011 edition.
Peter Laviolette took a lot of grief for calling Giroux the best player in the world, but for one year, he apparently was the best athlete in the city.
Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.
The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.
Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.
The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.
A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
This story will be updated when more information is made available.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.
According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.
The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.
Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.