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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 / NHL.com 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. pic.twitter.com/ctEovn5zj2

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 pic.twitter.com/bWXxydeKHe

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

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