By trading Jarome Iginla to the Penguins, the Flames management has elicited sadness amongst the Flames fans who loved number 12.
The trade that many fans of the Calgary Flames accepted as inevitable has finally happened. After a couple years of avoiding a rebuilding, Flames management has said goodbye to the heart of the team.
By trading Iginla to the Penguins, the Flames management has elicited sadness amongst the Flames fans who loved number 12.
There are countless things the former captain said and did that endeared him to Flames fans.
The man Calgary hates to lose scored more than 500 career goals, won two Olympic gold medals, and surpassed another Flames legend, Theoren Fluery, to become the team's all-time career points leader. He played his 1,000th NHL game in 2010, all of them as a Flames.
In 2004 Iginla lead the Flames to their third Stanley Cup finals appearance.When the Flames lost, Iginla told reporters, “we wanted to win it for Calgary, our city, the fans who've been so great to us, the best in the league. They showed what a sports city is."
For 16 years Iginla showcased heart, determination, and skill through triumphs, and disappointments.
Always the team guy, Iginla never said a bad word about the team, or the management who never got him a suitable centreman.
The one thing that is true, Iginla was a class act, who carried the city of Calgary in his heart.
Here are the some of Iginla's most memorable moments.
The first trade.
During the 1995 season, Flames star Joe Nieuwendyk was in a contract dispute with the team. On December 19, 1995, <a href="http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?1592" target="_blank">Nieuwendyk was traded to to the Dallas Stars </a>for Corey Millen, and the Stars 11th overall pick from the previous draft, Jarome Iginla.
After signing a contract, following the end of his junior career with the WHL's Kamploops Blazers, Iginla appeared in two games during the 1996 season wearing number 24.
Almost rookie of the year.
In his first campaign with the Flames, Iginla lead all NHL rookies with 50 points, was voted to the All-Rookie team, and places <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=662492" target="_blank">second in voting for the Calder trophy</a>, getting beat out by New York Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard.
The 2001 season.
2000-2001 was a good season for Iginla. After scoring 52 goals, to go along with 96 points, he took home both the Art Ross Trophy, as well as the Maurice Richard Trophy.
It's in the game.
In 2003, his NHL star status was solidified when he was the cover athlete for <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-EA-SPORTS-NHL-PRO-HOCKEY-2003-VIDEO-GAME-JAROME-IGINLA-CALGARY-FLAMES-/261189629757?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item3cd01d773d" target="_blank">EA Sports NHL 03</a>
As a member of Team Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games, Iginla <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R2HjpW_9dQ" target="_blank">scored two goals in the gold medal game</a>, to help Canada beat the US on their home soil 5-2
At the beginning of the 2003 season, Iginla took the reigns from Craig Conroy to become the new team captain. He would carry the "C" until his trade.
During the Flames memorable 2004 playoff run, two superstars, their team's best players <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txhs_g5O7E8" target="_blank">dropped the gloves.</a> Vincent Lecavlier, and Jarome Iginla, two players with heart showed how passionate their teams were in the battle for the Stanley Cup.
The Red Mile was on fire, and so were the Calgary Flames, a team no one expected to make the Stanley Cup. They took the Tampa Bay Lightning to the ropes, after a heart breaking <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yTJnoZ9s4" target="_blank">double OT loss</a> in game 6, which would have won them the Cup at home, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr2ZdbVbs60" target="_blank">they were beaten in game 7.</a>
One <a href="http://www.canada.com/sports/Canada+wins+hockey+gold+sets+Olympic+record/2624726/story.html" target="_blank">gold medal wasn't enough</a>. 8 years later Jarome Iginla won his second.
A golden assist
It didn't look like anything. Sidney Crosby split the defense, and as he was about to lose the puck he passed the puck to Iginla, who passed it back before he was hit, and the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDO5WdO_RoE" target="_blank">Golden Goal </a>was scored.
In a January 2012 game, Iginla registered his <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/01/08/sp-nhl-wild-flames-iginla.html" target="_blank">500th career goal</a>, becoming just the <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=609711" target="_blank">42nd player </a>in league history to reach the milestone.
Jarome Iginla is the franchise leader in <a href="http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_players.php?tmi=5090" target="_blank">career points</a>. He passed Theo Fluery in 2009.
March 28, 2013 will always be remembered for the day Jarome Iginal was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for college players Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, along with a first round pick in 2013.