Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | October 16, 2011

Man of the Day 10/15: Jarome Iginla

Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla

Born July 1, 1977 (age 34) in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

Right winger and captain of the Calgary Flames

Mercy, this guy has the longest name in the NHL, so I’ll just call him Iggy. The son of a Nigerian father and a mother from Oregon, Iggy started off playing in net but switched to right wing while in the Alberta Midget Hockey League before heading to the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers when he was 16. In his first season, the team won the league cup and the Memorial Cup, and they repeated that in his sophomore season. In 1995 he was drafted by the Dallas Stars, only to be traded to the Calgary Flames while he played his last year with the Blazers. His first NHL game was during the 1996 playoffs and scored his first goal in his second game with the Flames. He started his first full season with them that fall, and he made the All-Rookie team and was runner-up for the Calder.

By 2002 Iggy had surpassed career highs in goals and points, and was awarded the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies for those marks as well as the Lester B. Pearson Award for most valuable player. At the beginning of the 2002-04 season, he was named the 18th captain of the Flames, the first black player in the NHL to have that title. That season saw him win the Rocket Richard Trophy again as he led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were beaten by the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the Year That Never Was, he spent his time perfecting his game rather than playing in the minors or overseas. By 2006 he’d scored his 300th career goal, and in 2007 he broke a franchise record by playing in his 804th game. He also passed teammate Theoren Fleury’s record of 830 points. The 2010 season saw him play his 1000th career game, and this past April, he scored his 1000th point.

Can Iggy be stopped by Marty Brodeur?

Internationally, he’s represented Team Canada very well. Not only does he have gold from the World Juniors, the World Cup and the World Championships, but he has gold medals from both the Salt Lake and Vancover Olympics. And he can say that he assisted on Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal to win that gold in Vancouver!

Iggy is a very generous person. During the Salt Lake City Olympics, he was talking to some people from Calgary who were sitting next to him at a restaurant and discovered that they were sleeping in their car. He paid for a hotel room for them at his own expense! He also runs a a hockey school in Calgary whose proceeds go to diabetes research, and he donates $2000 to charity for every goal he scores. He’s been awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award and the King Clancy Trophy for his service to the community. He knows who motivates him when he’s on the ice, and he repays them by trying to make their lives better.

Hey, watch where you're flinging that!

– Krista

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