Published on August 26, 2019

St. Albert Celebrates Jarome Iginla

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, the City of St. Albert celebrated a hometown hockey hero, Jarome Iginla, as the Akinsdale Arena was renamed in Iginla’s honour to the Jarome Iginla Arena. Iginla, fondly known as Iggy, retired from hockey in 2017 after an illustrious hockey career spanning more than two decades.

New sign of Jarome Iginla Arena

Jarome Iginla speaking at podium inside arena

Over 650 St. Albertans showed up to recognize and celebrate the impressive achievements and outstanding character of Iginla with a barbeque, street hockey and public skate. The legendary St. Albert native participated in the day’s festivities with a big smile and a fond appreciation for the community he grew up in. As he interacted with fans and supporters throughout the event, his humble nature and passion for the game is sure to inspire many future hockey players as they skate around the Jarome Iginla Arena.

Jarome Iginla signing autographs

Municipal enforcement officer playing street hockey with kids

IGINLA’S HOCKEY CAREER

Iginla got his start in hockey with the St. Albert Eagle Raiders, playing much of his minor hockey in Akinsdale Arena, before joining the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and capturing back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships in 1994 and 1995 as well as the WHL Player of the Year title in 1995-96. His impressive Junior career led him to be drafted 11th overall in the 1995 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Calgary Flames, where he made his NHL debut.

It didn’t take long for Iginla to make an impression as he scored his first career NHL goal in his second game. His career took off from there and Iginla went on to receive several impressive awards over his NHL career, especially in 2001-02 as he earned both the Art Ross and Maurice Richard trophies as the NHL’s leading point and goal scorer and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most valuable player as voted by his peers, now named the Ted Lindsay Award.

Child standing holding autographed picture and wearing autographed Calgary Flames jersey

Jarome Iginla being interviewed by media

In 2003-04, the Calgary Flames named Iginla their 18th captain in franchise history as he led the team to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 15 years and earned his second Maurice Richard trophy and first King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. In 2008-09, Iginla was again recognized for his leadership as he took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and plays a role in his community growing the game of hockey.

Iginla spent 16 seasons with the Flames before playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche, ending his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 2016-17. In 2018, the Calgary Flames raised his No 12 to the rafters after an impressive career where he accumulated 625 goals and 675 assists for a total of 1,300 points in 1,554 games.

Alongside his NHL career, Iginla represented Canada on the international stage several times, including two gold medals at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics and a 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship. His most Canadian moment on the international stage came as he delivered the assist to Sidney Crosby on the infamous Golden Goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.


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Last edited: October 18, 2019