ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned forward Alexandre Giroux to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Giroux played in 11 games for Washington this season, recording one goal and one assist. The Quebec City, Quebec, native has played in 21 career NHL games – 20 with Washington – and has three goals and three assists on his resume.
The 27-year-old was Ottawa’s seventh-round draft choice, 213th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and was leading the AHL in goals (18) and was second in points (30) when he was recalled to Washington on Dec. 7. His 18 goals still pace the Bears, but he is now tied for third in the league. His 30 points rank second in Hershey behind Keith Aucoin
, who has 41 points.
Giroux had tallied at least a point in nine straight AHL games (9g-8a) before his recall and has recorded at least a point in 17 of his 25 AHL games this year. He was an integral member of the Hershey club that advanced to the 2007 Calder Cup finals and was led by current Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. He paced Hershey in points (70) and goals (42) that year and also had 11 points in 19 playoff games.