Philadelphia Flyers Captain and #1 Centre Claude Giroux was injured in a freak golf accident on Thursday in the Ottawa area. Giroux was playing a round before a charity golf tournament he was registered to play in on Friday. Due to the injury he has had to withdraw.
The injury to Giroux’s right index finger reportedly occured after Giroux’s golf club shattered during a shot. Shards and fragments from the club entered his finger, and severed tendons. Giroux was taken for immediate surgery on the incident.
Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren released the following statement on the team’s website:
“Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. 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.”
With just over a month before training camp opens and 7 weeks before the NHL season begins the Flyers are lucky that their captain and most important forward is not expected to miss any meaningful games.
Giroux signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension with the Flyers in July.
Giroux, 25, has become one of the most dynamic offensive players in the league. He was nearly a point per game player last season with 47 points in 48 games. In 2011-12 Giroux scored 28 goals and 93 points in just 78 games.
Giroux has spent his entire 6 year NHL career with the Flyers, and has has 91 goals and 200 assits for 291 careeer points in 333 career games played.
Giroux was the Flyers first round draft choice, 22nd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The pick is famous on highlight reels as then Flyers’ General Manager Bobby Clarke forgot the name of the player he was drafting.
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