Few people have been as well-liked in the NHL as Jarome Iginla. He was a fantastic player, goal-scorer, and an incredible human being who was always involved in community work.
He donated a lot of money to the poor and sick children and children’s hospitals and was a great leader in the dressing room. Iginla is in the top 20 for most scored goals in NHL history and is still Flames’ all-time leader in goals, points, and games. Jarome Iginla got inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020-21, and it couldn’t have been more deserving.
But Iginla was also a Hall of Famer when it comes to humility. Few people have been as calm and kind to all the people around him. And in 2002, a great example of that came.
“I remember, after he won the Art Ross (in 2002), the next year, we’re playing a preseason game – and he gets into a fight,” said former teammate Craig Conroy to The Athletic.
“I’m saying, ‘what are you doing?’ I can’t remember who it was, or why he was fighting, but he’s like, ‘Hey, I’m setting the tone for the season. Plus, I need to make the team.’
A guy who just won the Ross Art trophy came back and fought during preseason to show he’s worthy of a place in the team again. It doesn’t get much better than that.