Jarome Iginla Arena Naming Ceremony
Sunday, August 25, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jarome Iginla Arena (currently known as Akinsdale Arena) 66 Hebert Road
The City of St. Albert is renaming the Akinsdale Arena the Jarome Iginla Arena.
Iginla, known to fans as ‘Iggy’ grew up in St. Albert, and got his start in hockey playing for the St. Albert Eagle Raiders minor hockey team. His storied career spanned 1,554 games over 21 NHL seasons with numerous playoff appearances, 1,300 career points, a World Cup, and two Olympic Gold medals. We are so proud to honour this great player and Hometown Hockey Hero. Please join us for the naming celebration.
About Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla is a name many St. Albertans know. The acclaimed and highly awarded ‘Hometown Hockey Hero’ was raised in St. Albert. He went on to achieve hockey greatness, being drafted to the NHL and playing most of his 21-season career with the Calgary Flames.
Without his talent, drive and dedication to his game, Jarome wouldn`t be who we know him as today. He attributes his early years in St. Albert to giving him the foundation he needed to achieve excellence. He gives credit to his coaches and teammates, and especially to his family`s encouragement, time and love.
Jarome started playing hockey at seven-years-old. Throughout his young years, Jarome played AAA hockey for a variety of local teams. His teams often reached the provincial finals and won the championship three times. At only 16-years-old, Jarome moved to BC to play for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL.
By the time he was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1995, Jarome had amassed many accolades, awards and high expectations. A lucky trade placed him on the Calgary Flames where he made his NHL debut and remained for 16 seasons. His play and leadership earned him the captaincy for the team and made him a fan favourite.
Iginla was an All-Star player, Lester B. Pearson award-recipient, and scored over 1,300 points in his career. The Calgary Flames retired his number 12 jersey at a ceremony in 2019.
Internationally, Jarome represented Canada a number of times. He was a member of championship teams at the World Junior and World Cup Hockey Championships. He is a three-time Olympian and two-time gold medal winner, including at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where he helped lead Canada to its first Olympic hockey championship in 50 years.
Iginla has remained incredibly humble and active in his communities throughout the years and made his hometown of St. Albert extremely proud.
The City of St. Albert would like to thank Jarome for creating such great memories for St. Albert and for hockey fans everywhere. He has inspired many youngsters to pursue their dreams and we are proud to rename the Akinsdale Arena, where he spent so many of his formative years, the Jarome Iginla Arena in his honour.