He has been named to five of the past six games (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018), only missing last season as there was no game in 2013 because of the lockout and in 2014 because of the Winter Olympics.
Giroux has been having a career year with the Flyers. He leads the team in points with 52 (14 goals, 38 assists) in 42 games. He is tied for second in the league in both points and assists.
Giroux joins Bob Clarke (10), Eric Lindros (6), and John LeClair (5) as notable Flyers to be named to five or more All-Star Games.
“It’s a pretty good feeling. I think a lot of guys on the team are deserving of going, too,” said Giroux. “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 will be the lone Flyers player on the team, though there were a few others that could be deemed worthy. Jake Voracek leads the league with 43 assists and is tied for 6th in the NHL with 51 points, but didn’t make the team. Sean Couturier is having a great season as well, though probably not quite All-Star worthy based on raw points.
The main snub is Shayne Gostisbehere. Not only is he becoming a more complete player and silencing his critics in a bounceback season, but he is has 32 points in 39 games, which is good for fourth among defensemen with the third-highest points per game.
The NHL All-Star Skills competition will take place on Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m., followed by the All-Star Game on Sunday, January 28th at 3:30 p.m.
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