Alexandre Giroux

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Alexandre Giroux.jpg
With the 2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons
Born (1981-06-16) June 16, 1981 (age 35)
Quebec City, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Centre/Left Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Medvescak Zagreb
New York Rangers
Washington Capitals
Edmonton Oilers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dinamo Riga
Kloten Flyers
HC Ambrì-Piotta
NHL Draft 213th overall, 1999
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2001–present
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 2015 Davos

Alexandre Giroux (born June 16, 1981) is a Canadian ice hockey forward currently playing for Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL. He is the son of former World Hockey Association player Rejean Giroux.

Playing career[edit]

Giroux in a Hershey Bears uniform in 2010

Amateur[edit]

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.

Professional[edit]

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 Hershey Bears.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] He made his Oilers debut the same night, scoring a goal which helped Edmonton secure a 5–1 victory, over the Colorado Avalanche.[4]

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.[5] During his three-year stint, he saw the ice in 167 NLA contests, tallying 77 goals and 56 assists.

Giroux returned to the KHL upon the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, penning a deal with Medvescak Zagreb[6] in July 2016.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 67 15 22 37 124 22 2 2 4 8
1999–00 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 72 52 47 99 117 15 12 6 18 30
2000–01 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 38 31 32 63 62
2000–01 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 25 13 14 27 56 9 2 6 8 22
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 11 16 27 34
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 67 19 16 35 101 10 1 0 1 10
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 59 19 23 42 79
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
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 67 42 28 70 82 19 4 7 11 27
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 9 2 2 4 2
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 44 19 22 42 47
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 24 14 13 27 30 5 3 1 4 2
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 69 60 37 97 84 22 15 13 28 22
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 12 1 1 2 10
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 69 50 53 103 34 21 14 13 27 22
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 2 3 4
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 70 32 46 78 63 6 2 1 3 2
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8 1 1 2 2
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 65 28 26 54 62
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 1 0 1 8
2012–13 Dinamo Riga KHL 47 16 5 21 41
2012–13 Kloten Flyers NLA 4 3 2 5 25
2013–14 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 46 20 18 38 64 4 2 0 2 4
2014–15 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 49 27 13 40 28
2015–16 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 48 17 19 36 28
AHL totals 771 368 334 704 837 118 52 51 103 153
NHL totals 48 6 6 12 18

Awards and honours[edit]

  • AHL First All-Star Team (2010–11)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals re-sign Bears Giroux". Washington Post. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Oilers recall Alex Giroux". Edmonton Oilers. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Oilers stop Avalanche in 5–1 victory". Edmonton Oilers. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Canadian striker Alexandre Giroux for the Attack". HC Ambri-Piotta. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Smith strengthens D, Giroux Bears’ attack". www.medvescak.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  7. ^ "2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 

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