Claude Giroux is working out and rehabbing at the team’s practice facility in Voorhees, NJ this summer. He, along with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere underwent successful surgery on May 17th to have his right hip repaired as well as bilateral lower abdominal tears repaired.
It’s been a full three weeks since going under the knife and PhiladelphiaFlyers.com recently caught up with the Flyers captain to see how he is progressing:
Q: How are you feeling now that it's been a few weeks since surgery?
“I feel pretty good. It’s been three weeks now and we’ve been doing a lot of rehab. Slowly biking and doing some cardio so it’s coming along pretty good.”
Q: How did this injury and the decision to have the surgery all come about?
“I think I was lucky to have the trainers that we have here. Every game day they did a good job of making sure I would be at my best and I think it’s the right decision to do what I’m doing right now. Everything is moving along very good right now and hopefully it will stay the same for the rest of the summer.”
Q: Does having this surgery take you out of your routine for the summer and training?
“At this time of the year I would be in Ottawa training, working out and golfing and other stuff like that, but right now it’s rehabbing. It’s actually my first time in Philly during the summer and being able to see a lot cool stuff, so it’s been pretty good so far.”
Q: How confident are you that you will feel much better heading into training camp in the fall?
“Yeah, with the way I’m feeling, it’s pretty exciting to be doing what we’re doing. It’s definitely a different way to go through the summer, but like I said I’m pretty excited for the season to start again.”
Q: The World Cup of Hockey hasn't been played since 2004 and you've been named to Team Canada. How different will this tournament be compared to a World Championship or a World Junior Championship - both of which you've won gold?
“It’s going to be great hockey. Also playing in Canada, it’s going to be pretty intense. It’s going to be that kind of experience you can learn from and move on as a player. You can mature out of that tournament just from the players you are playing with and also against. It’s going to be a different style of play, but we’re just going to have to adjust and enjoy it.”