In 1995, the Dallas Stars drafted Jarome Iginla with the 11th selection in the NHL entry draft. Several months later he was traded to the Calgary Flames for Joe Nieuwendyk. The Stars would go on to win the Stanley Cup with their new veteran player, while Calgary would end up with a class act, captain and 500-goal scorer in Iginla.
From 2003 to 2013 he captained the Flames, and he embodied everything that the team was about. Iginla was incredibly active in the community in Calgary and is among the most beloved athletes in the history of the franchise. Last season he was traded out of town due to his expiring contract, and last night he finally made his return to the ice in Calgary as a member of the Boston Bruins.
The team gave Iginla an outstanding video tribute, and the ovation that he received was chilling. Check it out.
In a week that has been overrun by thuggish actions and discipline hearings, this video is a reminder to hockey fans everywhere that there are still outstanding and classy individuals involved in the game. Kudos to Calgary for doing such an outstanding job in honoring their former captain.
It was a Monday night contest, but it sounded like a Stanley Cup Final game at the Saddledome.