- Calgary Flames 1995 - present
Jarome Iginla is a Canadian winger on the Calgary Flames.
Iginla was drafted in 1995 by the Dallas Stars, but was traded to Calgary before ever playing a game in Dallas. Iginla was immediately one of the top players on the Flames, scoring 50 points his rookie year. He continued to improve, setting then-career highs in 2001-02, when he won the league scoring title, the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals, the Most Outstanding Player Award and narrowly missed winning the Hart Trophy for scoring 52 goals and 96 points. In 2007-08, Iginla would better those numbers, finishing with 50 goals and 98 points. Iginla was named team captain in 2003, making him the second player of African descent to captain an NHL franchise. His scoring titles make him the only player of African descent to win an NHL scoring title. That same season, he led the Flames to the Cup Finals where they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Iginla has since become the Flames all time leader in goals, with 374. He has played in 4 All-Star Games, captaining the Western squad in 2008.
Iginla has had a star-studded international career with Team Canada as well, having won 4 gold medals. The 1996 World Junior Championships, the 1997 World Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Cup Canadian teams were all victorious. Iginla’s only international tournament in which he did not win a gold medal was the disappointing performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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