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Damien Giroux returns north with some hardware

Valley East native and Nickel City Sons product Damien Giroux nabbed a pair of year-end awards this week, highlighting a more-than-solid rookie campaign with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL (Ontario Hockey League).

A 3rd round (45th overall) of the Spirit last April, Giroux rewarded his new team by registering eight goals and 17 assists in 53 games, showing the way among all first year players on the team, and sliding in as the eighth best scorer with Saginaw.

At least as impressive was the fact that Giroux doubled his hardware collection when we was named as Heritage High School Academic Player of the Year for his team.

The adjustment to the U.S. schooling system can prove challenging enough on its own, but even moreso for a young hockey player who has always attended francophone institutions prior to beginning his junior hockey career.

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