It’s just a matter of time for Jarome Iginla. He will retire in the next few years, and unless something goes horribly wrong, he will be elected to Hall of Fame at the earliest possible time. Iginla has earned every honor that has been bestowed upon him to date. From his performance in the World Cup and the NHL, to his Olympic gold medal he has been one of the faces of hockey.
Jarome Iginla cracked several milestones in tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. When Jimmy Hayes got the Panthers within one goal with eight minutes left to play, Jarome Iginla became the play maker of the game. Just twenty three seconds after Florida fought its way back in, he sank his twentieth goal of the season and slammed the door shut on them. If you haven’t seen it yet, here. Please watch and enjoy. All this while playing his second game in less than twenty four hours. Iginla has hit the twenty goal plateau in his NHL career fifteen out of seventeen years.
Iginla is currently second in scoring this season for Boston. His twenty goals are coupled with twenty nine assists, and he’ll surely tally that fiftieth point for the season before it ends in April. When that happens, he will have hit the milestone for fifteen years as well. He’s only behind David Krejci for overall points and behind Brad Marchand in goals scored.
Finally, tonight’s goal put Iginla’s career goal total at five hundred and fifty. It’s a rare milestone for players, and Iginla’s numbers will only increase as the thirty six year old forward still has a few seasons left in him. In his NHL career, he has played in twelve hundred and ninety six games (mostly for the Calgary Flames). In that time, he’s tallied up a total of eleven hundred and fifty five points. He’s made his mark on the game, and he’s certainly made fans in Boston.