Calgary Counterpoint: Why Jarome Iginla Has To Go

December 21st, 2010 by Dustin Olson Leave a reply »
I've played with Jarome Iginla. 

Well (ahem), I've shared ice with him. We were both born in 1977 and both lived in hockey-is-life St. Albert, Alberta for parts of our childhood. As such, when hockey tryouts came around in early September, me and my goalie brethren would suit up and stand in line to get peppered by the best shooters our age group had to offer. Jarome (he was just Jarome, back then) was, of course, the guy you waited for; the guy you knew everyone was watching; the guy whose shot every goalie wanted to stop. I never lasted long before my annual relegation to house league (I was too short and that's the excuse I'm sticking with), but I have vivid memories of trying out against the best; trying out against Jarome. 

I moved to Calgary for high school and, in my senior year, watched in horror as my beloved Jets announced they were leaving Winnipeg. The nightmare ended when the Jets were eliminated from the playoffs the following year and promptly packed their bags for (single tear) Phoenix. Those same playoffs, however, saw the Calgary Flames introduce the world to an 18 year-old Jarome Iginla, called up for two games against ...

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