They were both taken in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Sudbury Minor Wolves of the Great North Midget Hockey League, one in 2016, the other in 2019. They are brothers — 19-year old Damien Giroux of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit and 16-year old Zacharie Giroux of the Flint Firebirds of the OHL and the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
As Damien is an established OHL star and leader — he is Saginaw’s captain and in the midst of a superb season with the Spirit via 21 goals, 13 assists, 34 points in 32 games as a fourth-year center — Zacharie is beginning to make his mark in Flint.
Listed at just 5-foot-5, 135 pounds, Zacharie has been impressive enough that he has already made his OHL debut on a Flint team that is flush with veteran forwards.
Also a center, Zacharie has played in five OHL games for Flint on recall from Rayside Balfour and the NOJHL. And in those five OHL games with the Firebirds this season, Zacharie has impressed with three points, including a goal.
Meanwhile, as he also develops in the NOJHL for Rayside Balfour this season, Zacharie has six goals, 10 assists, 16 points in 17 games.
Damien, on the other hand, is a National Hockey League draft pick of the Minnesota Wild from 2018. And despite having scored 21 goals in 32 games for Saginaw thus far this season, he remains one of the OHL’s most under-rated players.