The news came as something of a surprise to Giroux, who had to look up what exactly it was according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
"It's bigger than I thought. It's a great honor to win this award. It's weird to see that Lindros never won and he had a lot of great years. I feel pretty lucky to win this."
Giroux beat out Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence, among others, to earn the award. Giroux led the Flyers with 93 points last season, third-best in the NHL and the first Flyer to hit that mark since Eric Lindros in 1998-1999.