Claude Giroux Named Captain of Team Canada for Worlds

Plenty of Flyers fans want Claude Giroux to be stripped of the "C" in Philly. 

But the Flyers' captain is instead picking up another one. 

Giroux, 29, will captain the Canadian team at the 2017 IIHF World Championship as Team Canada will try to repeat as the gold-medal winner. 

"Our team is oozing with leadership, and a number of players could have worn a letter,"  head coach Jon Cooper said on the official Team Canada website. "However, this group will be led by our captain Claude Giroux, who has helped put Team Canada on the podium at several international tournaments."

Giroux was a part of the Canadian gold-medal teams at worlds in 2008 and 2015. 

Team Canada's alternate captains are Matt Duchess, Ryan O'Reilly and Marc-Édouard Vlasic. 

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Giroux, who has been the Flyers' captain for five seasons, is coming off a 2016-17 season where he scored 14 goals and had 58 points. The Flyers missed the playoffs. 

Canada opens worlds with a contest against the Czech Republic on Friday. 

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