Congrats to one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla continues to toil in obscurity up in Calgary, where the Flames struggle to stay out of the cellar.
But Iginla now is in the record books as the 34-year old RW became the 42nd player to score 500 goals. Jarome Iginla hit the milestone Saturday night in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
The goal counts for Iginla but it wasn’t exactly a beauty. That’s because it’s a deflection that had eyes for the net. Great milestone for Iginla, who has worked hard to get there. Too bad we won’t be seeing him work his magic in the playoffs anytime.
[via Globe and Mail] Iginla is third among active goal-scoring leaders, trailing only Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne.
Iginla is 34 and technically scored his first NHL goal in the spring of 1996, as a junior call-up from Kamloops in a playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
His first official goal came in October of 1996, a year in which he scored 21 goals and 50 points to finish second in the Calder Trophy balloting to Bryan Berard of the New York Islanders.
Iginla became one of only 15 players to score his 500 goals (goals 1-500) with the same organization: Jean Beliveau, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Stan Makita, Mike Modano, Gilbert Perreault, Maurice Richard, Joe Sakic, Brian Trottier and Steve Yzerman.