|Born|| July 1, 1977 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
| NHL team|
| Colorado Avalanche|
|NHL Draft|| 11th overall, 1995|
Jarome Iginla (born Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla on July 1, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Junior Playing CareerEdit
Jarome played three years with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). As a 16-year-old in 1993–94, he recorded six goals and 29 points in 48 regular season games before playing an additional 19 in the playoffs
The Blazers captured both the league title and the 1994 Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship.
In reference to the Blazers' dominance of the league at the time (they had won their third WHL title in five seasons), Jarome described the expectations of success as being similar to those placed on the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL's most successful franchise: "When you put on a Blazers jersey, it's like putting on the Canadiens'. You've got to perform."
Jarome scored 33 goals and 71 points in 1994–95, his first full WHL season. The Blazers repeated as league champions, earning a trip to the 1995 Memorial Cup. He scored five goals in the tournament to lead the Blazers to a second consecutive national championship.
Jarome received the George Parsons Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player of the tournament.
The Dallas Stars selected Jarome with their first pick (11th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft; however, on December 20, 1995, they traded him to the Calgary Flames, along with Corey Millen in exchange for the rights to forward Joe Nieuwendyk, then in a contract dispute with the Flames.
In his final season in Kamloops in 1995–96, Jarome finished fourth in league scoring with 136 points (including 63 goals in 63 games played) and was awarded the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league's most outstanding player.
The Blazers were upset in the Western Conference Final by the Spokane Chiefs, but he still finished fourth in playoff scoring, recording 29 points in 16 games.
Jarome's performance during the season earned him an invitation to play for Team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Boston where he led the tournament in scoring with 12 points and helped Canada to its fourth consecutive gold medal.
Jarome made his NHL debut in the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs as he was signed to a contract and flew to Calgary immediately after his junior season ended in Kamloops. He appeared in two games for the Flames in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks. In doing so, he became the first 18-year-old to play for the Flames since Dan Quinn in 1983.
In his first NHL game, Jarome assisted on a Theoren Fleury goal to record his first point; he scored his first goal in his second game.
He remained with the Flames, and played his first NHL season in 1996–97. He earned a spot on that year's NHL All-Rookie Team and finished as the runner-up to Bryan Berard in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year after leading all first-year players in scoring with 50 points.
By his third season, 1998–99, Jarome led the Flames in goals with 28. His success complicated negotiations for a new contract as he and the Flames struggled to agree on a new deal following the season.
Hoping to help resolve the contract impasse, he agreed to attend training camp without a contract and purchased his own insurance as the team would not have been responsible financially if he suffered an injury.
Jarome remained without a contract at the start of the 1999–2000 season and missed the first three games as a holdout before signing a three-year deal worth US$4.9 million, plus bonuses. He finished the year with career highs in goals (29) and points (63). He then topped both marks in 2000–01 by recording 31 goals and 71 points.
After participating in Canada's Olympic summer camp before the season, Iginla again set new personal highs in 2001–02 when he registered 52 goals and 96 points. This season elevated Iginla to superstar status. He earned the Art Ross and Maurice Richard trophies as the NHL's leading point and goal scorer, respectively.
Jarome was also awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league's most valuable player as voted by his peers, and was a nominee for both the Hart Memorial Trophy and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The Hart Trophy voting proved to be controversial: Jarome tied Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore in voting points, but he received fewer first place votes than Théodore. However, one voter, rumoured to be from Quebec—Théodore and the Canadiens' home province—inexplicably left him off his ballot.
As a result of the controversy that followed, the Professional Hockey Writers Association changed the rules on how its members voted for the award to prevent a recurrence.
There were fears Jarome would again hold out after his contract expired following the season. They were unfounded, however, as he signed a two-year, $13 million deal before the season and was looked on to again lead the Flames offensively. He fell back to 67 points in 2002–03 as injuries, including a lingering finger dislocation following a fight, diminished his play.
Jarome's 35 goals were still enough to lead the Flames for the fourth time in five seasons. Despite his offensive contributions, the Flames missed the playoffs.
At the start of the 2003–04 season, Jarome was named the 18th captain in Flames franchise history, and 14th since the team moved to Calgary from Atlanta in 1980.
His predecessor as captain Craig Conroy cited his experience and leadership for his decision to relinquish the captaincy, saying, "He was a leader on that team and old enough to where he'd been there a long time. It was time for him. He took us to the Stanley Cup Final that year so it worked out pretty well."
Jarome was reported to be the first black captain in NHL history even though former Blackhawks captain Dirk Graham (who is of African descent) has also been said to hold that honour.
The Flames qualified for the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs as the sixth seed, the team's first playoff appearance in eight years.
Jarome led all playoff scorers with 13 goals as he captained the Flames to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 15 years. The Flames were unable to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, however, falling to the Eastern Conference champions in seven games.
A dejected Jarome sat in the Flames locker room after the final game and was met by his father, who told his son that "I'm proud of you. All of Canada is proud of you."
While Jarome was hailed as the best player in the world following his performance in the playoffs, he spent the 2004-05 NHL lockout focused on improving his game further.
Following the lockout, he was named as one of six player representatives on the newly created NHL competition committee with a mandate to suggest recommendations for ways to improve the game. He held this position until early 2008.
On December 7, 2006, Jarome reached career milestones when he scored his 300th career goal and 600th career point against the Minnesota Wild. He was expected to play in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas; however, he missed the game with a knee injury.
The injury kept him out of 12 games in 2006–07. Nevertheless, Jarome scored 94 points, including a career-high 55 assists.
The 2007–08 season saw Jarome post his second career 50 goal season, adding 48 assists for a career high 98 points, good for third overall in the league.
He was voted to the starting line-up of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game along with teammate Dion Phaneuf and was named captain of the Western All-Star Team.
Jarome broke the Flames' franchise record for games played when he played his 804th career game on November 29, 2007, against the Anaheim Ducks. He also broke Theoren Fleury's franchise record for goals when he scored his 365th on March 10, 2008, against the St. Louis Blues.
Jarome was nominated as a Hart Trophy finalist for league most valuable player for the third time, but he did not win the award.
During the season, Jarome signed a five-year contract extension with the Flames at $7 million per season.
Jarome continued his pursuit of Fleury's franchise record of 830 points in 2008–09. He recorded his 800th point with a first period assist against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 19, 2008.
He ended 2008 with a career high five points in a New Year's Eve game against the Edmonton Oilers. He had 14 previous four point games.
In January, Jarome was named to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, his fifth such selection.
Representing the Western Conference, he scored his first career NHL All-Star Game goal in a 12–11 shootout loss. He passed Fleury as the Flames' all-time scoring leader on March 1, 2009, by recording five points, including his 400th career goal, in an 8–6 loss to the Lightning.
Jarome finished the season with 35 goals and 89 points, but a disappointing playoff performance led to questions of whether he had been playing with an injury.
Jarome quickly denied the rumour, admitted that he had not played with the level of consistency he expected and stated that he would spend the summer focused on improving his play in 2009–10.
The Flames struggled in 2009–10, failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Jarome accepted responsibility for the team's failure, admitting that finishing around 70 points for the season was "not enough". The Flames' declining fortunes and his season led to increasing questions on whether he could be traded from the team he has played his entire NHL career with.
Jarome (who would have to approve any trade the team attempts to make due to a no-movement clause in his contract) expressed that he did not wish to leave Calgary, but would accommodate a trade if the Flames wished to do so.
Former Flames' general manager Craig Button argued against trading Jarome, blaming a lack of complementary players for both Jarome and Calgary's failures: "There's nothing easier in hockey than to be able to shut down one player. And the Calgary Flames, I would argue, have made it really easy for teams to shut down Jarome."
The Flames publicly stated that they had no plans to trade him.
Individually, Jarome reached 900 career points in a two-goal, two-assist effort against the Oilers on January 30, 2010. Six nights later, he played his 1,000th career game against the Florida Panthers.
Jarome struggled offensively to begin the 2010–11 season, and with the Flames falling to the bottom of the standings, there was renewed speculation over his future in Calgary. Team management repeatedly reiterated that they were not interested in moving him to another team.
Improving his game as the season wore on, Jarome reached another personal milestone, recording his 500th career assist on January 11, 2011, the same day he was named to play in his sixth All-Star Game.
He announced several days later that he had declined to play in the All-Star Game as he wished to spend the time with his ailing grandmother.
Jarome scored his 30th goal of the season on a penalty shot against the Nashville Predators on March 6, 2011, and in doing so became the 10th player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in ten consecutive seasons.
A month later, he scored his 1,000th career point, notching the game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues in a 3–2 win on April 1, 2011.
On January 7, 2012, Jarome scored his 500th goal on January 7, 2012, against Niklas Bäckstrom of the Minnesota Wild in a 3–1 victory. He was the 42nd player in league history to achieve the feat, and the 15th to do so with one organization.
Midway through the 2011–12 season, he was named an All-Star for the seventh time in his career (the sixth played), representing the Flames at the 2012 All-Star Game.
Jarome scored his 30th goal of the 2011–12 season in a 3–2 win against goaltender Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks on March 13, 2012. He is the seventh player in league history to score 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
Playing the final year of his contract in 2012–13 and with the team languishing near the bottom of the NHL standings, speculation about Iginla's future in Calgary was again raised as the April 3, 2013, trade deadline neared.
National media outlets reported that Jarome (who had a clause in his contract preventing the Flames from moving him to another team without his permission) had given the organization a list of four teams he would be willing to accept a trade with: the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bruins were considered the leading contender to acquire Jarome's services, and after he was held out of the lineup of Calgary's March 27, 2013, game against the Colorado Avalanche, it was reported that a trade between the two teams had been completed.
Instead, Jarome's 16-year career in Calgary ended when he was sent to the Penguins in exchange for Pittsburgh's first round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and college prospects Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski.
Despite having the top scoring offense in the league, the Penguins lost the series without winning a game. Jarome (along with Crosby, Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang) registered a combined 0 points in the series. Jarome was moved to the third line after a 6–1 Game 2 loss.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after the series that Iginla's spurning of Boston ignited the series sweep: "When a guy chooses another team over your team, it does light a little bit of a fire underneath you."
As a free agent following the season, Jarome chose to go to Boston and signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Bruins. He required nine games before scoring his first goal as a Bruin, as part of a 2–1 win over the San Jose Sharks, but later settled in on Boston's first line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
Jarome made his first return to Calgary on December 10, 2013 where the fans greeted him with a long standing ovation prior to the game as the Flames played a video tribute.
Following the contest, a 2–1 Bruins victory, Jarome was named the game's third star and took two laps around the rink to more cheers from the crowd. He recorded his 600th career assist in a 3–1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on February 4, 2014.
Salary cap constraints prevented the Bruins from re-signing Jarome and consequently, he left the team as a free agent and signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche disappointed in 2014–15; by mid-February, they stood in last place in the Central Division even though Jarome himself was among the team's leading scorers. He led the team with 29 goals, however the Avalanche failed to qualify for the playoffs.
On January 4, 2016, Jarome became the 19th player in NHL history to score 600 career goals. His milestone marker came in a 4–1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2004–05||Calgary Flames||NHL||season not played due to 2004–05 NHL lockout|
Statistics as of end of 2014-15 NHL season.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||2002 Salt Lake City|
|Gold||2004 World Cup of Hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
Jarome first represented Canada at the 1994 Nations Cup, an unsanctioned tournament for players under the age of 18. He led Canada in scoring with five goals and nine points as it won the gold medal.
Two years later, he joined the national junior team at the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He led the tournament in scoring with five goals and 12 points as Canada won its fourth consecutive gold medal. He was named an all-star and the tournament's top forward.
A year later, Jarome played in his first tournament with the senior team, competing at the 1997 World Championships as a 19-year-old, the youngest player on the team. He recorded two goals and three assists in 11 games as Canada won the gold medal.
A late invitation to join Team Canada's summer camp in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics helped Jarome emerge as a star player.
He was so surprised by the invite he initially thought one of his Calgary Flames teammates was playing a prank on him.
Jarome scored two goals in the gold medal game, a 5–2 victory over the United States, as Canada won its first Olympic gold medal in 50 years.
With this win, Jarome became the first black man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. He also represented Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as an alternate captain, playing on a line with Joe Sakic and Mario Lemieux. Canada won the gold medal.
Jarome participated in his second Olympics and was an alternate captain at the 2006 Turin games, recording three points in six games. The Canadians were unable to defend their 2002 gold medal, losing to Russia in the quarter-finals.
Named an alternate captain once again for the 2010 team in Vancouver, he opened the tournament with a hat trick against Norway.
Jarome finished as the tournament leader with five goals and assisted on Sidney Crosby's overtime winning goal in the gold medal final against the United States.
In his prime, Jarome was considered to be one of the NHL's most prominent power forwards.
He is one of the most consistent scorers in the league; between 1998 and 2008, only Jaromir Jagr scored more NHL goals than Iginla.
Even so, scouting reports have argued that Jarome's lack of speed makes it easier for opponents to isolate him and restrict his ability to move if his teammates rely on him too much to lead the offence.
The abuse Jarome faced at the hands of opponents early in his NHL career prompted his coaches to work at developing his physical play.
While he was not enthusiastic about fighting, Jarome accepted then head coach Brian Sutter's arguments that he needed to adopt a more aggressive style to improve as a player.
Jarome is most effective when he has room to manoeuvre, and to create that space, he had to intimidate his opponents. The lessons tha he learned have carried throughout his career.
Craig Conroy said, "You've got a power forward who does it all. I mean, he'll fight, and hit, and score goals. Maybe it's not the end-to-end rushes, but he does all those little things that win games and get things done."
Jarome's opponents also respect his play.
Rob Blake said that while Jarome is not known for fancy play, "he'll run you over. Or he'll fight somebody. And then he'll score a goal. He does pretty much everything you'd want a guy to do."
Jarome has recorded several Gordie Howe hat tricks (a fight, a goal and an assist in the same game) and as it is not an official statistic, The Hockey News estimated that as of 2012, he was the active leader with nine.
Jarome has suffered injuries as a result of his fighting, including a broken hand from a 2003 fight with Bill Guerin of the Dallas Stars. His physical style of play also leads to a greater risk of persistent injuries and penalties.
Jarome commands the respect of his peers, and has been known to stand up to the coaching staff to defend a fellow player.
Former teammate and present Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference (a former Bruins player himself) before Jarome's arrival on the Boston team's roster) once described following Iginla as like "following a friend."
Preferring to lead by example, Jarome is not regarded as a vocal captain. He likes to speak with players individually and tries to ensure that all of his teammates are comfortable.
He was named the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2009.
|NHL All-Rookie Team||1997|
|First team All-Star|| 2002, 2008|
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy|
Leading goal scorer
|Art Ross Trophy|
Leading point scorer
|Lester B. Pearson Award|
Most Valuable Player as voted by the players
|Second team All-Star||2004|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy|
Leadership and humanitarian contributions
|NHL Foundation Player Award|
commitment, perseverance and teamwork in the community
|Mark Messier Leadership Award||2009|
|World Junior First All-Star team||1996|
|World Junior Best Forward||1996|
|Memorial Cup Championship team||1994, 1995|
|George Parsons Trophy|
Most sportsmanlike player of the Memorial Cup
|WHL West First All-Star team||1996|
|Four Broncos Memorial Trophy|
WHL player of the year
|CHL First All-Star team||1996|
| Molson Cup|
CGY – Most three star selections
| 2001, 2002|
| Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award|
CGY – Humanitarian contributions
| J. R. McCaig Award|
CGY – Respect, courtesy and compassion
Jarome married his high school sweetheart, Kara and the couple has three children: daughter Jade and sons Tij & Joe. They had been dating since they were in the eighth grade.
He has two half-brothers, Jason and Stephen, and two half-sisters, Theresa and Elizabeth. Theresa played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's hockey team for two seasons from 2003 to 2005.
Jarome is an avid golfer and a regular participant in the Calgary Flames Celebrity Charity Golf Classic.
He is also well known for his kind-hearted nature.
Former Flames General manager Craig Button described Iginla as being grounded: "He doesn't carry himself with any attitude or arrogance. He's confident in his abilities. He's self-assured. He's genuine. He's a better person than he is a player, and we all know what kind of player he is."
In 2002, while in Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympic Games, Jarome struck up a conversation with four Calgarians sitting next to his table and found out they were sleeping in their car outside of the hotel. He excused himself from the conversation & booked them accommodations at his own expense at the hotel his family was staying in.
Since 2002, Jarome has operated the Jarome Iginla Hockey School in Calgary as a non-profit organization, donating proceeds to the Diabetes Research Association.
In 2004, he was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award for his community service and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in recognition of his humanitarian contributions. He supports many charities.
In 2000, Jarome began donating $1,000 per goal he scored to KidSport, a figure he doubled to $2,000 in 2005. Between 2000 and 2013, he donated more than $700,000 from this initiative.
He is also a part owner of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League for whom he played during his junior hockey days. He purchased a minority share in the franchise, along with fellow NHL players Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor in October 2007.
Jarome is also an ambassador with the NHL Diversity program, which supports youth hockey organizations that offer economically disadvantaged kids the opportunity to play.
Since 2008, Jarome has been a hockey spokesperson for Scotiabank, appearing in commercials and at events supporting its grassroots hockey programs as well as for Samsung Canada.