The National Hockey League announced today that Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, has been named to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, held on Jan. 27-28 in Tampa, Florida.
"It's a pretty good feeling. I think a lot of guys on the team are deserving of going, too," said Giroux. "The NHL always does a good job of making this a great event for the fans and players and it's always a good time."
For Giroux, this is the fifth time he has been named to the NHL All-Star Game, last appearing in the 2016 festivities in Nashville. He has also played in the 2015 (Columbus), 2012 (Ottawa) and 2011 (Carolina) All-Star weekends.
Giroux currently leads the Flyers in scoring with 52 points (14g-38a) in 42 games, which ties the best start of his NHL career. As of Jan. 10, Giroux's 52 points are tied for second in the NHL's scoring race, and his 38 helpers are tied for second in the NHL assist category.
"There are a lot of reasons why," responded Giroux on why the improvement in his game from last season. "Things are just going better, the team is playing better. I think going on the wing and playing with Coots (Sean Couturier) and not being able to play defensively as much has helped. Coots is a really responsible player. We don't spend a lot of time in the defensive zone because he's making a lot of smart plays and we have a good chemistry going. The last few games we have been playing very well and it's exciting to be a part of it."
Giroux becomes the first Flyer since John LeClair (5 times) and Eric Lindros (6 times) to be named to an All-Star Game roster for five ore more times. Bob Clarke owns the Flyers record for being named to 10 mid-season NHL All-Star teams and appearing in nine of those games.
The 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 (7:00 p.m. on NBCSN) and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. on NBC).
The annual mid-season event returns to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the third straight year - Nashville (2016) and Los Angeles (2017). Under the tournament rules, the NHL All-Star Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.