Claude Giroux was born January 12, 1988 in Hearst, Ontario. The first round, 22nd overall draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Giroux honed his skills in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques.
A great playmaking forward, Giroux amassed a staggering 321 points over three seasons in the "Q". During his stint in the league, Giroux was called up by the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, for five games late in their 2006-07 regular seasons. The following year, Girox completed his junior career and appeared in a pair of NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
In 2008-09 Giroux would split time between the AHL and NHL, but would manage to record a respectable 27 points in 44 games for the Flyers.