Jarome Iginla

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Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla (born July 1, 1977 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player.

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Many consider Iginla the best all around hockey player in the world.
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Playing Career

Born to a white American mother and a Nigerian father, his surname Iginla means "big tree" in Yorùbá, his father's language. His parents split up when he was a baby, and Jarome was raised by his mother and grandmother in the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert. The boy's first love was baseball (he was the catcher on the Canadian National Junior team), but also starred for St. Albert in the AAHA before graduating to juniors. He played goalie in his first two years of organized hockey, then switched to the right wing, and developed a knack for scoring.

Iginla played 3 seasons in the Western Hockey League and won two Memorial Cups with the Kamloops Blazers. He was picked 11th overall by the Dallas Stars, then traded with Corey Millen to the Flames for Joe Nieuwendyk. Iginla's best season was 2001-2002 when he had 96 points and 52 goals, becoming the first player of African descent in history to win the regular season goal and point scoring titles. He also won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league's best player as voted by his peers, and was a nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. Iginla was also a key member of Canada's Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team in 2002. This season elevated him to superstar status and he became a fan favourite.

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"Iggy" making Canada proud.

Iginla was named captain of the Calgary Flames in October 2003, making him the first player of African descent to be named captain of an NHL team. In the 2003-04 season, he scored 41 goals, sharing the goal-scoring title with Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash. On May 20, 2004, Iginla scored his 10th playoff goal to help the Flames advance to their first Stanley Cup Finals in 15 years. He recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in Game 3 of the Finals when he fought Vincent Lecavalier. However, they eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

Since becoming an NHL all-star, Iginla has entered into several endorsement contracts with various companies [1] (http://www.canada.com/components/printstory/printstory4.aspx?id=becb9b0f-ec9a-42b0-a327-0fbc07c14c46). . One of his most prominent corporate relationships is with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Iginla also supports many charities, including Cure for Cancer. In 2004 he was awarded the NHL Foundation Award for Communtity Service.

Iginla has been married since August 6, 2003 to his high school sweetheart, Kara Kirkland. They live in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and have 1 child.

Awards

Career Statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993-94 Kamloops WHL 48 6 23 29 33 19 3 6 9 10
1994-95 Kamloops WHL 72 33 38 71 111 21 7 11 18 34
1995-96 Kamloops WHL 72 33 38 71 111 21 7 11 18 34
1995-96 Calgary NHL 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 0
1996-97 Calgary NHL 82 21 29 50 37 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Calgary NHL 70 13 19 22 29 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Calgary NHL 82 28 23 51 58 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Calgary NHL 77 29 34 63 26 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Calgary NHL 77 31 40 71 62 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Calgary NHL 82 52 44 96 77 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Calgary NHL 75 35 32 67 49 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Calgary NHL 81 41 32 73 84 26 13 9 22 45
NHL Totals 626 250 253 503 422 28 14 10 24 45

International Play

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WCH 6 2 1 3 2

See also

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Preceded by:
Pavel Bure
Winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy
2002
Succeeded by:
Milan Hejduk
Preceded by:
Milan Hejduk
Winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy
2004 (co-winner)
Succeeded by:
none
Preceded by:
Brendan Shanahan
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
2004
Succeeded by:
none

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