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Gritty achieves lifelong dream: Red-carpet meeting with Giroux

Flyers mascot remains in awe of captain during All-Star Weekend

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Even Gritty can get a little starstruck.

The infamous Philadelphia Flyers mascot dropped everything when he saw Claude Giroux and gave him a big, Gritty-style bear hug on the red carpet ahead of the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills in San Jose.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: I���VE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN.

Gritty dropped an entire tray of bottled water, which we presume he was getting for his fellow mascot friends who are on hand for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, to approach Giroux.

Aside from his encounter with the Flyers captain, Gritty also mingled and crashed some other red-carpet interviews Friday. Then he showed off his wheels while demonstrating the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater.

Video: Gritty, S.J. Sharkie show off speed to kick off night

Being in awe of Giroux is on-brand for Gritty, and it isn't the first time he's publicly shown his affection. But Giroux may have a hard time participating in the weekend's festivities if Gritty has anything to say about it.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Never let you go @28CGiroux

Gritty is making his All-Star Weekend debut and will participate in his first NHL Mascot Showdown on Saturday.

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