It was certainly a point of conversation in January and February when Flyers captain Claude Giroux was left off the Team Canada roster for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Not only did Team Canada skip over Giroux the first time around when selecting their roster but they also skipped over him when they needed a replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos.
When the Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention last Wednesday night, Team Canada came calling for Giroux to play for them during the World Championships. The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports general manager Paul Holmgren would not allow Giroux to play for Team Canada at World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Giroux, 26, finished third in the NHL in points with 86 while scoring 28 goals and dishing out 58 assists. He finished second on the Flyers in goals behind Wayne Simmonds' 29 but led the team in assists and points, along with power play points (37) and game-winning goals (7). Giroux has been announced as a finalist for the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.
Not all Flyers have been shutout from the World Championships as Matt Read and Brayden Schenn will represent Team Canada in Belarus beginning May 9th.
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