In case you missed it, legendary NHLer Jarome Iginla officially announced his retirement from professional hockey yesterday afternoon. The man they call “Iggy” took to the podium in Calgary to announce that at age 41, he’s finally hanging up the skates for good.
A hip injury prevented Iginla from playing last season, but during the 2016-17 campaign, he managed a respectable 14 goals in 80 games. Over the course of his illustrious career, Iginla scored an incredible 625 goals and 1300 points in 1554 games split between the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.
He’ll go down in history as one of the game’s all time greatest power forwards, playing a tough and rugged game in the mood of Hall of Famers Brendan Shanahan and Cam Neely. Iginla is a two time Art Ross Trophy winner and Rocket Richard Trophy winner and twice topped the 50 goal plateau scoring 52 goals during the 2001-02 season and 50 goals during the 2007-08 season.
Most fans will remember Iginla from his dominant run with the Flames during the spring of 2004 in which he captained his Flames to a Stanley Cup Final appearance against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Iginla had 13 goals and 22 points in 26 post season games that spring and was an absolute force whenever he was on the ice. I mean… who can forget the spirited scrap that he got into with Vincent Lecavalier during Game 3 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final?
Back in 2013 when Iginla was traded to the Penguins at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, TSN compiled a list of Iginla’s Top 10 Moments with the Flames. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video below:
What an absolute BEAUTY. All the best in retirement, Iggy. You were truly one of the best players of your entire generation. And even if you never scored a single point in the NHL, you’d still go down in Canadian hockey history for your part in Canada’s historic gold medal victory during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Canadian hockey fans around the world will always remember Sidney Crosby’s call of , “IGGY!” before he buried the puck and cemented gold for Canada: