How many teams in the NHL have a leader, a captain, an offensive force, a physical presence, a marketable personality and a charitable contributor all wrapped into one person? The one that immediately comes to mind when listing all these qualities is the captain of the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla.
Jarome continues to be the pillar around which the Flames are built. He is once again having a stellar season in Calgary, garnering another All-Star selection and keeping the Flames firmly in the hunt for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Following an early season rough patch in 2011-12 that once again saw many in hockey’s chattering masses calling for him to be traded, Jarome has once again stayed the course on his approach and his dedication to his style of play and his leadership of the Flames.
He has found a healthy dose of chemistry with Olli Jokinen and the two of them are putting pucks in the net and making the Flames a tough opponent on a nightly basis.
With Iginla recently eclipsing the 500 goal plateau, he is now focused on the crucial stretch drive towards the playoffs and leading the Flames back to the post-season dance where Iginla and his teammates can take a crack at capturing the ultimate prize and elusive goal—the Stanley Cup.
- Jarome has had a solid year to date in Calgary, sitting second on the club in points with 44 and leading the club in goals scored, with 21
- He achieved a milestone that only 41 players in history have reached before him, eclipsing the 500 goal plateau in January
- Was selected to his 7th NHL All-Star appearance in 2011-12, representing the Flames in Ottawa during the mid-season showcase
- Born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 1, 1977
- Drafted by the Dallas Stars, 11th overall in the 1st round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft
- Traded to the Calgary Flames, along with Corey Millen, for Joe Nieuwendyk in December of 1995
- Led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004
- Received the Lester B. Pearson Award (now known as the Ted Lindsay Award), the Art Ross Trophy, and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for his exceptional play in 2001-02; co-won the Richard Trophy in 2003-04
- Has represented Canada numerous times on the international stage, including the 2002 & the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he captured gold medals in both tournaments
- Played for the 1994 and 1995 Memorial Cup champions, Kamloops Blazers of the WHL
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