Claude Giroux couldn't help but smile last week answering questions about the Flyers' captaincy. He knew it. You knew it. Every fan who attended practice knew it.

Giroux, the 25-year-old center who recently landed at No. 3 in TSN's top 50 players in the NHL, is the Flyers' captain. He just wasn't wearing the 'C' on his uniform.


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That is, until the team finally sewed it onto his jersey Tuesday night.

"Claude is the undisputed leader of this team," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a press release. "He always exhibits a tremendous work ethic in games and practices. He is a great professional both on and off the ice. Claude has learned a lot over the past few years playing with Mike Richards, Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger, just to name a few. Having played with these athletes has been a huge benefit for Claude."

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