As much as most of us don't want it to happen the time could be almost here as Jarome Iginla may have played his final home game as a Flame. So I made a write up of the Top 10 moments for Jarome well wearing the Flaming C. I may have missed out on some moments but I think I got the main ones that made Jarome one of the most loved player during our time
10. First NHL Point
Soon after the Kamloops Blazers season had ended Jarome was signed to his first NHL contract and flown in to play against the Blackhawks in the 1996 Western Conference Quarterfinal. In his first game he would record what would be his first NHL point an assist on Theoren Fleury's goal, In his second game he would score his first NHL goal. Jarome became the first 18 year old to play for the Flames since Dan Quinn in 1983.
9. 9 Straight 30 Goal Seasons
Even though the 2009-10 Season would prove to be one of Jarome's worse that doesn't take away that he is one of only a handful of players to score 30+ goals in 9 or more seasons. The only ones among the Top 15 in All Time Goal Scoring to do such a feat are Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Jaromir Jagr, Mike Gartner, Phil Esposito and Bobby Hull pretty good company for are old pal Jarome.
8. One of the best of the decade.
Entering the 21st Century - Jarome Iginla has asserted himself as one of the best players in the game of hockey leading all players since the lockout in Goals and is one of the best Right Wingers in the game. 2 time 50 Goal Scorer, Lester B. Pearson Trophy, 2 time Rocket Richard winner, Art Ross Trophy, 3 time First Team All Star, Member of the All Decade Team, 2 time Gold Medalist, Future Hall of Famer.
Jarome Iginla has represented Canada on 3 different occasions 2002, 2006 and 2010 with only 2006 not resulting in a Gold Medal. Jarome has proven himself to be one of Canada's biggest contributors one the biggest stage outside of the playoffs. He proved to be huge in the 2002 Gold Medal Game scoring the game winner to give Canada the Gold over the States and in 2010 assisted on the Overtime winner scored by Sidney Crosby still to this day he hasn't really been recognized but whatever.
6. Rise to Stardom
In Jarome's rookie season he led all Rookies in scoring and was named to the All Rookie Team although he ended up losing the Calder Trophy to Bryan Berard but Wayne Gretzky lost the Calder and look how his Career turned out. 2001-02 was truly his coming out party and still without a true number one centre he scored 52 Goals and won his first Rocket Richard Trophy, During the Awards Jarome got passed over for the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP to Jose Theodore but won the Lester B. Pearson which is awarded to the player recognized by his peers who is the MVP.
5. The Captain.
The beginning of the Darryl Sutter era started with Craig Conroy handing his captaincy over to Iginla and ever since that day Jarome has shown that he is one of the best leaders in the NHL and is one of the true all around great guys in the NHL.
4. 52 Goal Season.
The 2001-2002 Season started off with a bang as the Flames got off to one of their best starts ever 13-2-2-2 but the season quickly turned into another year without Playoff hockey in Cowtown. The lone bright spot was the Flames young star Jarome Iginla who scored 52 Goals including his first career Hat-Trick against the New York Rangers at the Worlds Greatest Arena - Madison Square Garden. This season would be capped off with Jarome being awarded the Art Ross, Richard and the Lester B. Pearson.
3. Iggy passes Theo for the Franchise lead in goals.
On March 10th, 2008 Jarome Iginla passes Theo Fleury to become the Flames all time leading goal scorer with his 365th goal in a 7-3 beat down of the St Louis Blues.
2. Iggy passes Theo for the Franchise lead in points and in the process scores his 400th Goal.
It was the final game before the Flames set out on a two week journey away from the Dome and Jarome Iginla was seeking his 400th Goal and the Franchise Lead in Points and it came in a game where goals happened early and often. His 5 point output was good enough to pass Theo and to get his ticket to the Hall of Fame punched.
1. A Magical Spring.
The 2003-04 season saw the Flames make the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons and it saw Jarome Iginla get his second Rocket Richard Trophy but what was even better was the ride that Jarome and the rest of the Flames took this whole city on. It seemed everytime Jarome had the puck on his blade of his stick he was a threat to score, he lead the entire playoffs in Goal Scoring and him along with rest of the roughnecks that nobody else wanted took this team on a journey only a few of us can ever experience. In the end it wasn't enough as the Flames bowed out in 7 Games to the Tampa Bay Lightning though this moment proves to be Jarome's greatest as a Flame.
This may not be the end of Jarome as a Flame but if it is, It's been a great 12 years and this city will always love you.
Some videos of the Great Number 12.
Career Highlights - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAAmlm0EE_0
52 Goal Season 2001-02 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkXFA7Dsxk
Iggy's Greatest Shift - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PeKp6uAnM
Iginla vs. Mitchell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmEDbTi7XOs
Iginla vs. Lecavalier - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOko5sPS5IE&feature=channel
Please post more videos, moments whatever in the comments.