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Jarome Iginla, World Class in Every Aspect

It was announced on June 24th that Jarome Iginla had been elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. There was never a doubt that Jarome would be a first ballot hall of famer.

Iginla’s Career

Jarome played 1,219 of his 1,554 NHL games with the Calgary Flames. To say that he had an enormous impact on the city of Calgary, would be a massive understatement. His character and personality both on and off the ice, as well as his skill and grit on the ice, made him a hero and an idol to so many people, of all ages, in the Province of Alberta. Iginla posted 525 goals and 1,095 points while playing for the Flames. 

He made his NHL debut in the 1996 Playoffs, and was a consistent presence for the Flames, as he was able to stay healthy, and appear in at least 70 of the teams 82 regular season games.

The Alberta born Iginla was never able to bring a Stanley Cup back to his home Province. The closest he came was losing in game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Final score was 2-1. He led his team in points in that series, with 5.

Iginla to the Bruins

During the 2012-13 NHL season, the Flames were at a crossroads, and decided it would be best to deal Jarome at the season’s trade deadline. All of the insiders thought he was going to end up with the Bruins. The Penguins, however, swooped in and acquired him for their playoff run, which ended with a sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals by non other than the Boston Bruins. How’s that for irony?

In the offseason, Jarome Iginla signed a one year, $6M contract, which had a $1.8M cap hit, with a lot of easily attained bonuses with the Bruins, and quickly became a fan favorite. Iginla had an amazing year in Boston, putting up 30 goals and 61 points.

His line, which had Milan Lucic at Left Wing, David Krejci at Center, and Jarome at Right Wing, was one of the best lines in the league. They could play any kind of game, weather it be the skill game or the nasty, in your face style. They’d show up regardless. 

Bruins fans, of course, love the gritty players. They love the players that will get into the opposing teams face, aren’t afraid to drop the gloves, and are willing to crash the net, all while having a multi point game. He fit in instantly. 

Personally, I will never forget his return to Calgary. The video will have a link below, It was such a special moment. 

Jarome Iginla Being Introduced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHBVAuCNruo

Jarome Iginla Being Named Third Star:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p66_F5K7MX0

Jarome and the B’s ultimately couldn’t agree to terms on a new contract after that 2013-14 season, and Iginla went back to the Western Conference, where he signed a 3 year deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He went to the Los Angeles Kings in his final season, the 2016-17 season. 

Despite playing only one season in Boston, Jarome decided to start living his post-playing career in Boston. According to a QnA with The Athletic, he lives in Brookline, and coaches his kids hockey teams. 

Why Boston? He was asked that very question in the QnA, and gave an excellent answer about how he loved his time in Boston, and his family had the best opportunities there. 

Yes, he was only in Boston for one season. He means a lot to the city of Calgary. But, Bruins fans should be thankful that Iginla was on their team. The man he is, the player he is, is always top class. I’m quite sure a lot of B’s fans won’t soon forget the impact Jarome Iginla had in such a short amount of time.

-Bradley Whitesell (@Bradiey98)

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