Giroux, 30, has tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points with 18 penalty minutes in 39 career NHL games with Edmonton, Washington and the New York Rangers during his 10-year pro career, including 1-1-2 and two penalty minutes in eight games with the Oilers in 2010-11. He added 32-46-78 and 63 penalty minutes in 70 games with Oklahoma City, Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, last season. Ottawa’s seventh pick, 213th overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft, he has 340-310-650, 837 penalty minutes and a cumulative +143 plus/minus rating in 706 career AHL games.
In 2008-09, Giroux (pronounced gih-ROO) notched 60-37-97 and 84 penalty minutes in 69 games, led the Hershey Bears to the AHL’s Calder Cup championship and was named the AHL’s Most Valuable Player. In 2009-10, he collected a career-high 50-53-103 and 34 penalty minutes in 69 games as the Bears won their second-straight Calder Cup. He has scored 30 or more goals in seven-straight AHL seasons and appeared in several AHL All-Star Games, including each of the past three years. The Quebec City, Quebec native also registered 111-115-226, 359 penalty minutes and was +44 in 202 career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with Hull and Rouyn-Noranda from 1998-01.
The Blue Jackets open the 2011-12 season Friday, Oct. 7 when the club hosts the Nashville Predators. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. for the pre-game show. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with a special edition of the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com
Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.
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