OTTAWA - NHL superstar Claude Giroux spent Canada Day night in jail after being arrested for allegedly grabbing a male Ottawa police officer’s buttocks.
The Philadelphia Flyers captain, 26, was put in a cruiser outside of The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market around 9 p.m. Tuesday, where he was escorted out of by police.
As he was taken outside, at least one person recognized him, even if officers initially didn’t.
“We were in line and then I saw him get escorted out by police,” said one young man, who was waiting outside. “I was like ‘No way. Oh my God.’ I was surprised to see that happening.’”
Giroux was spotted with a friend, who witnesses say was angry with police and was claiming he was his agent.
A few people recognized him at the bar, say witnesses, where the hockey player posed with at least one fan before his arrest. Bar staffers said they know Giroux, a regular, was in the Cabin that night.
Officers were inside the bar as part of routine walk-throughs, when one officer had his butt grabbed by a patron as he walked by.