Next Monday, July 30, 2018, Jarome Iginla, a hockey player’s hockey player, will announce his retirement from the NHL.
Iginla, 41, was the absolute man for the Calgary Flames. He has the most goals (525), points (1095), games played (1,219), power play goals (161), and game-winning goals (83) in the franchises’ history.
Iginla did it all for the Flames. He put up points, put the puck in the net, contributed in all situations, was reliable, was a team captain, and wore the Flames’ logo on his chest with pride.
This guy was also someone who did everything to protect his teammates. He was physical, could fight anyone in the league, was not afraid to muck it up in the corners, and was someone who did not back down from anyone.
Along with former Flames’ great goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, Iginla helped carry the team into the 2004 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That postseason, Iginla finished with 22 points (13 goals and 9 assists) in 26 games and got his team to within one win of their second Cup in franchise history.
Iginla also accomplished the following in his 22-year career:
– First Team All Star: 2002, 2008, and 2009
– Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy (Leading Goal Scorer): 2002 and 2004
– Art Ross Trophy (Leading point scorer): 2002
– Lester B. Pearson (MVP as voted by the players): 2002
– All Star Games: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2012
– Gold Medal in Olympics: 2002
– Gold Medal in the World Cup: 2004
Besides being on the Flames, Iginla also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and the Los Angeles Kings. While he was not the main attraction at any of these places, he still managed to put up some solid seasons, especially with the Bruins and Avs.
When it comes to Iginla, he embodied what it meant to be a team captain both on and off the ice. On the ice, he led by example by doing his job, working hard, and going above and beyond what is asked of him. Off the ice, he was a wonderful human being. He did a ton of community work, donated a lot of money to charity, and was someone who was extremely reliable when it came to being there for the fans.
When you put all of these things together, it adds up to him getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame one day. Yes, he has never won a Cup, but there is so much more to Iginla that should put him in there.
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