Farewell Iggy, #12 for life
We know the ink isn’t dry yet, but the intense media speculation and Twitter reports indicate that our beloved captain is on the way out. [UPDATE: Flames have made official announcement.]
— Calgary Is Awesome (@CIAwesome) March 28, 2013
Jarome Iginla has been the face of the Flames franchise for 16 years! He holds most of the team’s records, been our #1 all-star and a great community advocate. And who can say no to those dimples! Flames fans have loved his scoring touch, his aggressive play, and his ability to get down and dirty and face the NHL’s toughest enforcers tête-à-tête unlike any other captain in the league. When Iggy fought, you knew you were in for a great game where the captain was going to lead his team to victory. And many times he did.
We’ll all remember how he scored his very first goal in the playoffs as an 18-year-old. We’ll all remember how he made that infamous pass to Sidney Crosby at the 2010 Winter Olympics. We’ll definitely remember how much passion and heart he played with to take the Flames all the way to Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final (and yes, Gelina’s goal did go in, goddamit!).
It’s too bad that Flames fans can’t give Iggy the send-off he deserves since he was made a healthy scratch amid the trade rumours. But I know the next game he plays in the Saddledome, (even though it will be in another team’s jersey) Calgarians will welcome him back with a hero’s return. He deserves it.
I’ll leave you guys with the Iggy Goal Dance. It will always bring a smile to my face. Farewell Iggy!