He played a few games in other cities, but the great Jarome Ignila will undoubtedly be remembered as a member of the Colorado Avalanche. Tonight, the Calgary Flames will raise his number 12 to the rafters of the Scotiabank Saddledome to honor the great winger.
Drafted 11th overall in the 1995 draft by the Dallas Stars, Iginla went on to play for five different teams during his Hall of Fame career. He finished with exactly 1,300 points in 1,554 games - a total good enough to put him 34th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.
He was never able to win a Stanley Cup, but Iginla was able to capture two Olympic gold medals - the second of which came on a golden goal that he set up. It was Iginla who delivered a perfect pass to Sidney Crosby to score the gold-medal-winning goal in overtime against the U.S. at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
To go along with the Olympic championships in 2002 and 2010, Iginla also won gold medals at the 1996 World Juniors, the 1997 World Championship and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Iginla’s career spanned 21 years including nearly three seasons in Denver with the Avalanche. During his 225 games in burgundy and blue, Iginla amassed 59 goals and 129 points.
Playing for the Flames, Avalanche, Penguins, Bruins and Kings, Iginla will go down as one of the best power forwards of all time.
His number being retired is a well deserved honor for one of the most talented and beloved players of his generation. Congratulations and thank you Iggy.