FN’s All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Jarome Iginla

Alongside our annual FlamesNation Prospect Rankings, which look to the future, we’re going to be spending the next few weeks looking back at the past. With that in mind, we’ve begun unveiling our first-ever FlamesNation All-Time Greatest Flames Team, featuring 23 players from yesteryear who combine – like a red-jersey-clad Voltron – to create the best possible Flames squad.

Let’s be blunt here: Jarome Iginla is the best player in the history of the Calgary Flames.

When we began putting together the All-Time Flames Team, he was the first person that came to mind. He’s the leader in basically every offensive category that matters. He’s the only player to score 500 goals and 1000 points wearing the Flaming C. He captained the team to a Stanley Cup Final appearance and served as the team’s on-ice leader longer than anybody else in franchise history.

Outside of the magical last 12 months, the most important Flames moments during this century all involve Jarome Iginla.

CAREER STATISTICS

Iginla led the Flames in scoring for 11 consecutive seasons. He was amongst the NHL’s leading goal-scorers for the majority of his tenure in Calgary, particularly after his game took a big leap forward in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

He led the NHL in goal-scoring twice and in points once.

He was originally acquired by the Flames in December 1995, along with forward Corey Millen, in a trade with the Dallas Stars for Joe Nieuwendyk. He left the Flames in March 2013 in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kenny Agostino, Ben Hanowski and a first round pick the Flames used to select Morgan Klimchuk.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)

FLAMES MILESTONES

  • 1st in All-Time Flames Games Played (1219)
  • 1st in All-Time Flames Goals (525)
  • 1st in All-Time Flames Points (1095)
  • 1st in All-Time Flames Game-Winning Goals (83)
  • 2nd in All-Time Flames Assists (570)
  • 13 consecutive seasons scoring 20+ goals (1998-99 to 2011-12)
  • 11 consecutive seasons scoring 30+ goals (2000-01 to 2011-12)
  • Led NHL in goal-scoring in 2001-02 and 2003-04
  • Led NHL in points in 2001-02
  • Longest-tenured captain in franchise history (2003-04 to 2012-13)

LEGACY

What can we say about Jarome Iginla? He’s the best Calgary Flames player of all-time, and second place isn’t really all that close. He managed to put up a lot of points in the clutch-and-grab era, and consistently scored goals, played a strong physical game without resorting to goonery, and maintained a reputation league-wide as a strong leader and an intense competitor. He was one of the best NHL players of his era.

He’s a sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer, and that’s on the strength of his tenure with the Calgary Flames alone. Anything he does before he hangs his skates up will only serve to strengthen his resume.

  • schevvy

    I know I’m not alone when I say I hope he retires a Flame. What a legend. It’s a crying shame the refs screwed up and cost him a chance to hold up the Cup. Wouldn’t it be something if at the end of his Avs contract in 2 years the Flames bring him in at the deadline and he helps take them to the Cup. I’m dreaming of course but it just feels so wrong that he hasn’t won a Cup yet.

  • schevvy

    Flat out my most favourite Flame and NHL’er of all time.It is truly a shame that with Iggy,Reg and Kipper as cornerstones the owners and the many GM’s were unable to build a proper team around them.

    My most treasured Flames swag is an Authentic On Ice Replica Iginla jersey from the Gold Winning Olympics.

    All I need now is to track him down to have it signed with a Gold Sharpie 😉

  • RedMan

    in case you missed this:

    FINAL WORD

    each year, 30 teams compete in a grueling 82 game season for the right to play in the championship tournament.

    Each year, the battle is new: New players, new systems, new coaches and management, new rules.

    once the new year starts, old accomplishments are ancient history. there are no points, bonuses, or glory in the new season for teams that won 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or 30 years ago, or even 1 year ago.

    there is no banner, ring, cup, or even a banquet for past winners; each new season, the battle is new. The past is irrelevant.

    Those who call upon past success to counter a current lack thereof are simply admitting that they are not in the race today by doing so. Those who talk of a future success they cannot guarantee are simply admitting they are not contending today.

    Take a lesson from Ronda Rousey; keep your mouth shut and let the losers do the talking. do your talking in the arena.

    in the arena, their if honor in defeat when you have given your best effort. In this gladiator sport, there is honor in showing up and doing your best, even when bested by a better opponent.

    there is no honor in purposely losing, to giving half an effort, for any reason.

    for this reason, I applaud the Calgary Flames for giving it their all, for competing without reservation regardless of the snickers coming from teams and fan bases who chose to lose. I applaud the Flames for being honest and true.

    For those teams who threw in the towel, who gave half an effort, who felt losing was an acceptable outcome and gave an effort that reflected this belief, there is nothing but self-loathing and shame. Their actions are a mockery that demonstrates a lack of respect for themselves, their team, the sport, and the fans who pay dearly to watch them. and for those who embrace such, no amount of past glory or future promise can erase the smell or feeling of the shame.

    Final word.

    Go Flames!

  • Jeremy

    The best RW of all time for the Flames, but Lanny had the best season for a RW ever by a Flame.

    1982-83 season. 80 GP 66 G 34 A 96 PTS

    Amazingly only second on the team that year in scoring, behind the Magic Man who had 104 PTS.

    • Matty Franchise Jr

      Great season, and I love Lanny. But 66 goals and 96 points in 1982-83 is probably the equivalent of 40 and 70 points for most of Iggy’s era. Can you imagine dropping 2004-10 Iggy into the mid-80s?! He’d approach Mike Bossy type numbers while playing with an edge. He would probably have had Kevin Lowe and Steve Smith for breakfast, too.

      • PrairieStew

        Exactly! The year Iggy went to the finals he had 41 goals and 73 points, and the average number of goals scored per game was 5.14. When Lanny scored 66 the league average was 7.73, 50.3% higher. Iggy would have had multiple 60 goal seasons playing I the 80s.

  • Tommynotsohuge

    I named my dog Iggy. He’s hands down my favourite player and I prey he retires a Flame. Great idea for a series of articles guys. I look forward to reading The rest. Cheers

  • Tommynotsohuge

    “Outside of the magical last 12 months, the most important Flames moments during this century all involve Jarome Iginla.”
    Uh… I love Iggy but there was that moment when the Flames won the cup that didn’t really involve Iggy too much.

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    “What can we say about Jarome Iginla? He’s the best Calgary Flames player of all time, and second place isn’t really all that close”
    Not all that close?
    I much prefer Al MacInnis myself, but I could see how some might prefer Iginla, but you say “not really all that close”.

    • Matty Franchise Jr

      Or Niewy or Kipper. Most of the players who will make this list will be of the older vintage and will be form thee organization form 1982-1990. The only guy from the current group might be Gio. From Iggies group Kipper for sure and maybe Reggie. Names from the past will include Roberts, Niewy, Loob, Gilmour, Mullen,Theo, Lanny, Nilsson, Otto(if you are talking about building a winner). It’s pretty cool to think back to the past but we can’t live there like some fans do. It is likley that in 10 years we will be able to include TJ, Johnny, Monny, Dougie, Bennett to this group and that is what is exceiting.

      • Matty Franchise Jr

        Two names from the past that you missed are Suter and McInnis. Suter IMO has never got the respect he deserved. He was a earlier version of TJ and tough as nails.

        • PrairieStew

          I was mostly focused on the forward group as the article was on Iggy, but you could include in this list; Sarg, Macoun, papa Rhino, and a few others as well. I always gave Suter the respect he deserved. he and big Mac were an awesome pairing. He was much better on the PP than TJ has proven to be so far.

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    One of the most consistent forwards ever, He definitely deserves a cup.

    The thing that kills me is that he’s had to deal with two NHL lockout seasons in his career.

    That has probably robbed him of 100+ points, and most likely a Stanley Cup. Especially in that 2004-2005 season, right in the middle of his prime.

    The way I see it, we were robbed of two Stanley Cups.

  • RKD

    One of the greatest Flames of all time if not the greatest. One of the greatest power forwards of all time. He scored 525 goals without a #1 center, the numbers speak for themselves. The Flames will never see a player quite like Iggy. This guy deserves a Cup!