With the NHL Lockout having festered beyond reason, many have fallen into a routine of getting their hockey fix elsewhere.
Unfortunately, this routine usually means just catching a game whenever we can just to take in the sport itself, leaving a void in your schedule where your Flyers fandom used to fill in the spaces between puck drops. Without a Flyers team to talk about, can a Flyers fan exist?
The answer to that question is yes. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself seeing the Flyers spirit reincarnated in all sorts of things, whether it’s related to the sport of hockey or not. It’s time to start documenting these Wild Flyers before the flames of our support are extinguished forever!
Who better to start with than Claude Giroux?
Name: Olivier Giroud – #12
Occupation: Striker — Arsenal F.C. of London (EPL)
Wild Flyer resemblance: Claude Giroux
You wouldn’t think it because: The difference in size
Describe their likeness in one sentence: A creative offensive force with the charm to back it up, Giroud is the cream of the crop.
Where do I even begin? The Wild Flyer likeness goes much farther than the name for these two dynamos. The Frenchman — known in his native land as “the charm striker” for his goal scoring and personality — is one of the top players for Arsenal in the English Premiere League. He even honed his skills as a young pup playing for a club called the Olympiques, much like our pal Claude did in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
There styles mirror each other in many ways. Though he stands a lot taller than our favorite feisty ginger, they both like to get physical. Both players can score goals for their team, but are equally capable of making the incredible pass to set a teammate up for the strike (see the first video). They both play with passion and the fans love them for it. Giroud is still establishing himself having just signed with Arsenal in June, but they are the hearts of their teams.
With the EPL in full swing, Giroud has helped the Gunners climb to upper echelon of the pack. He got off to a slow start with Arsenal, but now he is on fire. The only thing left to do is bring a championship to a franchise that is used to winning, much like the fans hope to see from #28 in Orange and Black. The good news for fans of both squads is that they seem very capable of doing so.
What a pass
Giroud Highlights with Arsenal