Claude Giroux is the Flyers' captain. He is Philadelphia's longest-tenured active athlete, going back to 2008. And he is a leader.

"It’s cool to see him kind of go from a punk little kid to a father and being a good leader for everyone in that dressing room," Scott Hartnell said, "and for the city of Philadelphia, people look up to him.”

Giroux often shows leadership with his actions. On Wednesday night, he showed it with his words.

Amid the protests in Philadelphia and across the United States following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, Giroux sent out a powerful message from his Twitter account. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.

The hockey world has rallied together to highlight the issues of racism and racial injustice.

Giroux, organically and authentically, added to the important cause. If you read the statement and feel the meaning of it, props to the 32-year-old Giroux for taking the time to digest everything, comprehend all that has transpired and formulate an impactful message.

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