Jarome Iginla: A Little Perspective On Calgary Flames Captain

November 5th, 2010 by Chris Small Leave a reply »
I'm not one to feel sorry for professional athletes who have multi-year, multi-million dollar deals to play the game they love. But something about the way Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla is being treated lately does not sit well with me.

Voted by other team captains as the NHL's best captain a few years ago, Jarome Iginla is on every GM's Christmas list. His powerful play, soft hand and hard shot only make up a fraction of the man that is Jarome Iginla.

Iginla was drafted in 1995 in the first round by the Dallas Stars, but he never played a game for them and was traded to Calgary where he remains still. He has more accolades and awards than one could count on both hands but some of the more respected including the Rocket Richard trophy in '02 and '04 and two Olympic gold medals in '02 and '10.

Since the beginning of his career, Iginla has donated $1,000 dollars (doubled to $2,000 in 2005) for every goal he gets to Kidsport, a non-profit charity that helps underprivileged kids get gear and ice time to play the sport of hockey and other.

He takes place in a yearly wheelchair hockey game against wheelchair-bound kids (abo ...

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