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Jarome Iginla

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Raised in St. Albert, Alberta, a suburb of Edmonton, Jarome Iginla played the first 2 years of minor hockey as a goaltender, like his idol Grant Fuhr, before switching to right wing. In addition to being a star hockey player, Iginla was also an accomplished baseball player, playing catcher on the Canadian National Junior Team. After leading the Alberta Midget Hockey league in scoring as a 15 year old, Iginla would embark on a 3 year WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers, a team he is now a part owner.During Iginla’s time in Kamloops, the Blazers won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1994 and 1995. Iginla also won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Hockey Championships in Boston. Drafted 11th overall in 1995 by the Dallas Stars, Ignla’s rights were traded to the Calgary Flames in a trade that saw Joe Nieuwendyk go to Dallas. Iginla would make his NHL debut with Calgary in the 1996 playoffs, appearing in 2 games, registering a goal and an assist. In 1996/97, Iginla made Calgary on a full time basis. Iginla would play 16 seasons with the Flames, being named a first team all-star 3 times (2002, 2008, 2009), serving as team captain from 2003 until his departure in 2013 and leading the Flames to game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, losing in game 7 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. During his tenure with Calgary, Iginla won 2 Rocket Richard Trophies as the NHL’s leading goal scorer (2002, 2004) and the 2002 Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in points. Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013, Iglina would finish that season with the Penguins. Iginla would then spend a single season with the Boston Bruins before signing with his current team, the Colorado Avalanche in 2014. On the International Stage, Iginla has represented Canada at 3 Olympic Games, winning Gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Iginla has also won Gold Medals at the 1997 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

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