Claude Giroux born on January 12, 1988, is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Before playing in the NHL, Giroux played his major junior career with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He helped the team win a 2008 President’s Cup and earned the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the 2008 playoff MVP. Giroux was named the Flyers’ team captain in 2013 and became the longest-tenured captain in team history during the 2020–21 season. Giroux played his 1000th game with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 17, 2022.
Giroux was born in Hearst, Ontario, a Francophone town, and is fluent in English and French. He is the son of Raymond and Nicole Giroux and has one sister, named Isabelle. Giroux and his family were supporters of the Montreal Canadiens, but his favorite hockey player growing up was Pavel Bure. In the summer of 2002, at the age of 14, Giroux and his family moved to Ottawa, Ontario, where he attended Béatrice-Desloges High School in the suburban community of Orléans. While living in Orléans, Giroux played Major Bantam AA and Minor Midget AA hockey for the Cumberland Barons and was the club’s leading scorer in the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons.
After being passed over in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft. Giroux played for the Cumberland Grads during the 2004–2005 season at age 16. Despite missing most of the season after contracting mononucleosis, Giroux scored 40 points across 48 games. Also was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL)’s Rookie of the Year. Giroux was invited to Gatineau Olympiques training camp for a walk-on tryout. He was signed shortly after. During his rookie season with the Olympiques, Giroux was named Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)’s Rookie of the Year. He entered the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected 22nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Giroux became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Ryanne Breton in December 2016, and the two married in July 2018. Their bonds grew stronger with each passing year until the duo held hands and recited their vows in 2018. The couple is the parents of two lovely kids. Their son Gavin was born on August 26, 2019. The couple’s second son, Palmer, was born on August 5, 2021. The two were blessed by the presence of their beloved ones along with their pet dogs who were welcomed to the position as ring bearers. They have not been in any form of conspiracies as of now and are enjoying their little moments with their family.