Very calm and generous with his time, Jarome Iginla thoroughly enjoys being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame these days in Toronto.
If his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) was exciting, his role with the Canadian team in various international competitions certainly contributed to opening the doors of the Hall of Fame wide. He won two Olympic gold medals (2002 and 2010) and one at the World Junior Hockey Championship (1996).
“If I had to pick the most valuable one, it would be the Olympics winner, but I can’t tell which one,” said Iginla, who primarily played for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League.
Now 44 years old, Albertan is the one who fed Sidney Crosby with his famous golden goal in the Vancouver Games final in 2010.
“It wasn’t the most exciting pass of my career, but it’s one of the times I dreamed about when I was young,” he notes. It ended up the right way, in Canada, in front of a local audience. It’s a moment I’ll never forget, that’s for sure.”
Memories of 2002
At Salt Lake City in 2002, Igina was only 24 years old and remembers admiring the presence of Mario Lemio and Martin Browdor among his teammates.
“It was great to be part of this team,” he recalls, adding that we took the opportunity to present the country’s first Olympic gold medal in 50 years to the Canadian hockey team. Male. I was walking into that locker room and saw the jerseys of Mario Lemio, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic… It was a tough start to the tournament and I learned a lot from watching it and seeing its leadership and how you reacted to it. adversity.”
Igina featured himself in the Canadian team’s 5-2 victory in the final against the United States with two goals and one assist.
“It’s funny to know Iginla liked, because I was, but he didn’t let anything show up,” says Kipker Simon Gagné, who twice competed in the Olympics with Iginla (2002 and 2006). He was my roommate in Salt Lake City and we were with Sakic and Brodur. The four of us quickly developed a friendship.”
“Iginla is the guy who can do anything on the ice, keeper Marc Messier, he can play hard, but what not many people know is that he is one of the calmest and kindest people in life, adds Ghani. He is a really good person.”
At the Turin Games, where Canada was denied a podium, Ghani and Iginla were assistant captains Joe Sakic. This is a rare misstep in Iginla’s international career.
A gold medal at the World Championships (1997) and a gold medal at the 2004 World Cup were added to her record. At the junior level, Iginla twice won the Memorial Cup with the Kamloops Blazers.
Gold Medals by Jarom Iginla:
World Junior Championships (1996)
Senior World Championship (1997)
Salt Lake City Olympics (2002)
World Cup (2004)
Vancouver Olympics (2010)
Very close to the Stanley Cup…
In the NHL, Jarom Iginla led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, but Calgary lost in seven games to Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We came really close to winning the Stanley Cup and the fans still talk to me a lot about that goal. [de Martin Gélinas] which was not awarded in Match 6,” Iginla said, recalling the streak where goalkeeper Nikolai Khabibulin appeared to have a cushion in the net when he made what was considered a save in the third inning.
Martin St. Louis in Quebec has finally settled the controversy in the second stretch of this game. After that, Lightning won the final encounter.
In the regular season, Iginla totaled 1,300 points, including 625 goals, in 1,554 games, having respectively worn the colors of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings after his long spell in the league. Over 15 seasons in Calgary. He notably won the Art-Ross Cup, which was awarded to the top scorer in 2001-2002, and twice the Maurice Richard Cup, as the top scorer (2001-2002 and 2003-2004).
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