Spirit’s Giroux signs with Wild


ST. PAUL —┬áMinnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Damien Giroux to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Giroux, 20, recorded 75 points (44-31=75) and a plus-34 rating in 61 games serving as team captain for the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He ranked T-1st in the OHL in game-winning goals (10), T-6th in goals and T-7th in shorthanded goals (four). The 5-foot-10, 179-pound native of Sudbury, Ont., led Saginaw in goals, ranked T-1st in power-play goals (11), third in scoring and fourth in shots on goal (165) and finished the season on a nine-game point streak (11-6=17, 2/15-3/8). He tallied a season-high four points in a game three times and played for Team OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Giroux recorded 51 points (30-21=51) in 67 games with Saginaw last season serving as an alternate captain and ranked fourth on the team in goals. He has recorded 194 points (101-93=194) in 249 games during four seasons with the Spirit. Giroux was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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