With the 2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons
June 16, 1981|
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|Ligue Magnus team|
Bruleurs de Loups|
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
213th overall, 1999|
Alexandre Giroux (born June 16, 1981) is a Canadian ice hockey forward currently playing for the Bruleurs de Loups of the French Ligue Magnus. He previously played in the National League (NL) with HC Ambrì-Piotta and EHC Kloten. He is the son of former World Hockey Association player Rejean Giroux.
Giroux joined the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques in 1998–99 and went on to play parts of three seasons with the club before joining the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies midway through the 2000–01 season. Over the course of his junior career, Giroux registered 226 points (111 goals and 115 assists) before going on to make his professional debut with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2001–02.
Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1999, Giroux failed to crack the NHL roster. He would spend parts of three seasons in the Senators' system before a 2004 deadline deal sent him and Karel Rachunek to the New York Rangers for Greg de Vries. Giroux would ultimately play only one game with the Rangers, spending the majority of his time with their farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. In the summer of 2006, Giroux signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. As a member of the Capitals, Giroux would spend the majority of his time with the club's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears and appear in a handful of games with Washington. The following summer, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers. With the Thrashers, Giroux was sent to the club's AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. He tallied 19 goals and 41 points in 44 games with the Wolves before he was traded back to the Capitals organization.
On August 5, 2009, it was announced that Giroux had signed a one-year two-way contract to remain with the Hershey Bears. The 2008–09 AHL season was a successful one for Giroux. On January 18, 2009, Giroux broke Brett Hull's American Hockey League record for consecutive games scoring a goal, scoring in 15 straight games. On April 10, 2009, Giroux capped off his memorable season by being awarded the Les Cunningham Award as American Hockey League MVP.
On July 3, 2010, he signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Following their preseason run, he was assigned to the Oilers' AHL affiliates, the Oklahoma City Barons. With a season-ending injury to the Oilers' Taylor Hall, Giroux was recalled from Oklahoma City, on March 5, 2011. He made his Oilers debut the same night, scoring a goal which helped Edmonton secure a 5–1 victory, over the Colorado Avalanche.
On July 3, 2011, Giroux signed a two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. During the 2011–12 season, Giroux appeared in 9 games with the Blue Jackets but primarily was assigned to the all familiar AHL with the Springfield Falcons.
On May 24, 2012, Giroux left North America and inked a one-year deal as a free agent with Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. In the 2012–13 season with the Latvian outfit, Giroux failed to produce the desired offensive impact, with 21 points in 47 games, before he was loaned to Swiss club, the Kloten Flyers of the NLA to end the campaign.
In the following season, Giroux remained in Switzerland, signing an initial one-year contract with HC Ambrì-Piotta of the National League A (NLA) on June 28, 2013. During his three-year stint, he saw the ice in 167 NLA contests, tallying 77 goals and 56 assists.
|2001–02||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||70||11||16||27||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||16||6||3||9||13||16||3||4||7||28|
|2004–05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||78||32||22||54||128||6||3||3||6||23|
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||73||36||31||67||102||13||7||9||16||17|
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||70||32||46||78||63||6||2||1||3||2|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||9||1||0||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||KHL Medveščak Zagreb||KHL||58||18||5||23||82||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
- AHL First All-Star Team (2010–11)
- "Capitals re-sign Bears Giroux". Washington Post. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- "Oilers sign free agent Giroux to one-year, $500k deal". TSN. 2010-07-03. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
- "Oilers recall Alex Giroux". Edmonton Oilers. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Oilers stop Avalanche in 5–1 victory". Edmonton Oilers. 2011-03-05. Archived from the original on 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Canadian striker Alexandre Giroux for the Attack". HC Ambri-Piotta. 2013-06-28. Archived from the original on 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- "Smith strengthens D, Giroux Bears' attack". www.medvescak.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
- "2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2011-05-06. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2011-05-06.