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We know that 25-year-old Claude Giroux shares a hometown -- Hearst, Ontario -- with our dear colleague, Pierre LeBrun, but the newly-named Flyers captain tells ESPN.com's Katie Strang what it's actually like to wear the "C," what he learned about leadership from guys like Jaromir Jagr and Chris Pronger, and who actually runs the town of Hearst in this week's installment of the New York Minute.
Strang: Has being named captain of the Flyers changed things for you in any way, either on the ice or in the locker room?
Giroux: It's not really a big difference. I've just got to go out there and do my job and play the same way. [I] understand that there's more responsibilities, but at the same time, I just have to understand that I'm the same player and the same guy.
Strang: Playing with guys like Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr, what are some of the things you learned about veteran leadership from them?
Giroux: Just the way that they're professional. They've been in the league a long time and you can see that just in the way they act off the ice and on the ice. It's always professional and I was lucky to have the chance to play with them when I was younger. I'm hoping I can do the same as them.
Strang: Your game obviously benefited from playing with Jagr quite a bit. Was there anything about him that surprised you?
|Claude Giroux had 28 goals and 65 assists playing on a line with Jaromir Jagr in 2011-12.|
Giroux: I didn't know him that good when Jags came in, and just his work ethic, on and off the ice. It's actually amazing. He's always the hardest-working guy every single day and when you see a guy like that who's been in the league for a long time and the way he works, it's really impressive and it kind of makes you realize how hard you have to work to be good.
Strang: What do you think of the mix you have in here this year and what type of potential this team has?
Giroux: It's a weird season really, 48 games, but it's pretty much the same team as last year. We like how we moved forward last year and, hopefully, we can learn from that and bring it for this season.
Strang: So, if neither you nor Pierre is the true mayor of Hearst, Ontario, who is this guy?
Giroux: His name's Roger Sigouin. He's a really good guy. He's one of my No. 1 fans in Hearst after my grandparents (Helene and Dari).
Strang: Now you know that Pierre has his own sandwich named after him in Toronto? Hearst has to get on top of that.
Giroux: Really? [Laughing] I didn't know that.
Strang: It's some fried egg monstrosity with bacon or sausage. I don't know exactly what's in it, but it looks delicious.