Laviolette, Briere, and Giroux Head to All-Star Game

Published on January 27th, 2011

Claude Giroux

The Philadelphia Flyers roll into this year’s All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, NC with a sparkling 33-12-5 record, good for the best record in the NHL. One would expect they would have numerous players representing them at this event but that is not the case. Only head coach Peter Laviolette, center Danny Briere, and winger Claude Giroux will be attending the All-Star Game. Briere was actually not even originally on the All-Star Game roster. He was a late addition as he was chosen to replace Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla.

A case could be made for captain Mike Richards who is tied for the team lead in points at 47 with Giroux. He has 17 goals and 30 assists. One could also be made for Jeff Carter who is not far behind with 44 points (23 goals and 21 assists). Defenseman Chris Pronger would have been expected to make it if he had not missed 15 games due to injury.

Briere, who has scored 26 goals and 19 assists this season, is making his 2nd trip to the All-Star Game. He was voted in as a starter in 2007 in Dallas, Texas and recorded a game-high five points (one goal, four assists). He was named the MVP.

This year’s All-Star Game has been revamped. It will not be the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference. Instead it will be like a pick-up game. Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Carolina Hurricanes’ center Eric Staal have been chosen to be the captains with Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks as assistant captains for Staal’s team and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning as assistant captains for Lidstrom’s team. Each team will draft their remaining members of their respective teams in a draft event on Friday January 28th.

On the new format, Giroux said, “The fans I have been talking to are more excited for the draft than the whole weekend. If I’m not picked last, then I think it’s a great format.”

Briere regarding the new format said, “It’s tough to tell, it’s the first time around. We’ll see how organized it’s going to be. It’s a little different, but having the players involved a little bit more, maybe more interactions with the fans, I’m all for it.”

Coach Laviolette who has never been to an All-Star Game and is from the area is looking forward to a relaxing weekend. “I’ve never been to an All-Star game so I don’t really have anything to go by. I’m excited to go with my family. I’m from Raleigh so I know a lot of people there. I’m happy some of our players will be there representing as well. We should have a good time and as far as the format goes, it should be great.”

Giroux is expecting his 1st All-Star Weekend to be a lot of fun as well. “My whole family will be there and obviously it’s going to be a good experience. I’m just pretty excited. I’m not so sure what to expect but it should be pretty fun and hopefully I can enjoy myself.”

Peter Laviolette, Danny Briere, and Claude Giroux are headed to the All-Star Weekend in Raleigh to represent the Flyers. The rest of the team is on vacation and is resting up as the regular NHL schedule resumes for all of them on Tuesday, February 1st when they are to battle the Tampa Bay Lightning down in Florida.

Danny Briere

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