Classy, Hard-Working Jarome Iginla Deservingly in Rarified Air After 600th Goal

January 5th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

DENVER — Only 18 people in the history of the NHL know the feeling Jarome Iginla had Monday night. One of them was in the same building when it happened. That would be his friend, his boss and his former Canadian Olympic linemate, Joe Sakic.

Sakic was only too happy to make room for one more in the ultra-exclusive 600 Goal Club, especially on a night Iginla's milestone goal helped his Colorado Avalanche beat a red-hot Los Angeles Kings club, 4-1, at the Pepsi Center. 

"I think 500 goals is still kind of the magic number for players," said Sakic, the Avs' general manager, who scored 625 goals in a Hall of Fame career, "but 600 means more. Not too many players have done that."

Iginla became the 19th to do it, and it's just the latest accomplishment on a resume that will act as an express ticket to the Hall of Fame some day. And who cares if it was a goal that actually was intended to be a pass? At his usual post in the left circle on the power play, Iginla fed a puck across the middle intended for Matt Duchene, but the pass went behind him. The disc instead ricocheted off the skate of defenseman Jake Muzzin a ...

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