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Gritty brings gift basket for Giroux's newborn after wife delivers baby

Flyers mascot helped captain announce birth of couple's first child

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Claude Giroux is a new dad, and you'd better believe Gritty was prepared to shower his son with gifts.

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot prepared a gift basket for Giroux's newborn baby after the captain's wife, Ryanne, gave birth to the couple's first child Monday.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Congrats to @28CGiroux & @ryannegiroux on welcoming the newest member to our #Flyers Family! 👶🧡🖤

Giroux, aka Gritty's best buddy, was pictured holding the newborn in Ryanne's stories on Instagram. Gritty then flooded a locker stall made for Giroux's son with gifts, including diapers, a blanket, rubber duck, mini stick, ball and net, baby-sized skates, infant-sized Flyers jersey and stuffed Gritty doll.

He even threw in model/actress Chrissy Teigen's 2018 cookbook "Hungry for More," a lava lamp and poker set, though we suspect those are for the parents.

To no one's surprise, Gritty was ecstatic for the new parents.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: I���M AN UNCLE GRITTY!!!

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