The greatest player in Flames history watched his number go up into the rafters at the Scotiabank Sattledome. Iginla played for 20 seasons and racked up 625 goals and 1300 career points. His next stop will be the Hockey Hall Of Fame but last night in Calgary was the first.
This was a well put together ceremony the Flames did for Iginla. He was the last of a dying breed. Iginla had all the skill but he had a grinder mindset. He was not afraid to drop the mitts or go in the corners and do the dirty work. This is what made Iginla such a special player.
Iginla basically won every award there was. He was the leauge MVP in ’02, he won the Rocket Richard trophy twice ’02 and ’04, the Art Ross also in ’02, and a two time gold medal winner. The only thing missing was that Stanley Cup ring.
He only made it to one Stanley Cup. The Flames came so close in ’04 where they lost to Tampa Bay in 7 games. Ignlia did have this iconic fight with Vincent Lecavalier.
Iginla was a dominant force one the ice and we won’t see a player like him again. Hell of a career Jarome and thanks for these sweet jersey as well, all time classic third jersey.