Flyers captain Claude Giroux will represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 28.
This will be Giroux’s fifth All-Star appearance, but his first as a left winger. Giroux now has been selected to the All-Star Game at each of the three forward positions. The Flyers' captain is currently in a four-way tie for second in the NHL with 52 points (see story).
“It’s a pretty good feeling,” Giroux said. “I think a lot of guys on the team are deserving of going, too. But at the same time, it is pretty exciting. The NHL always does a good job of making this a great event for the fans and players and it’s always a good time.”
Giroux’s Metropolitan Division teammates include New York Islanders forwards Josh Bailey and John Tavares, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby, New Jersey’s Taylor Hall, Carolina’s Noah Hanifan, Columbus’ Seth Jones and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Giroux is the Flyers' lone representative, but several of his teammates were equally deserving (see story). Right winger Jakub Voracek leads the NHL with 43 assists. Voracek was the only player in the league’s top eight in scoring who wasn’t selected. Shayne Gostisbehere is tied for fourth among all defensemen with 32 points, and Sean Couturier is fourth in the NHL with 23 goals.
The hometown Lightning will be heavily represented by captain Steven Stamkos, right winger Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Viktor Hedman and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy comprising the Atlantic Division squad.