Jarome Iginla became the 42nd player in NHL history to score 500 career goals on Saturday, adding another milestone to his spectacular career that one day will be remembered at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
"At first I didn't know if I got it," Iginla told Hockey Night in Canada, "but Glennie was telling me I got it. It's a neat feeling. To be able to do it at home and play here as long as I have…I feel very blessed."
"I definitely have to pinch myself," he said of reaching 500. "You watch TV and you see guys get 500 and you never really dream of it. You try and play hard and score some goals. It's hard to believe how much time has flown. I've been fortunate to be healthy and play with some great passers over the years and get some great opportunities.
"I'd like to play a lot longer. I'm loving the game and feeling good. I want to play a lot longer and be a part of a lot more winning."
Iginla scored his 500th goal against the Minnesota Wild on what looked like an attempted pass, but the puck found it's way to the back of the net.
All of Iginla's 500 career goals have come as a member of the Flames, making him only the eighth member of the 500-goal club to have scored all his goals with a single team.
The Flames star is everything you want in a hockey player and a role model. He plays the game hard, he scores goals, he's a leader, he doesn't demand attention, and is a true professional.
He really is the perfect hockey player, and a legend that kids everywhere should model their hockey game after.
Iginla is the best active NHL player who has not lifted the Stanley Cup, and hopefully soon he has that opportunity, because no one deserves it more than him.
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