Jarome Iginla not named to NHL 100 list (because it’s an awful list)

As part of its 2017 All-Star festivities (and the league’s 100th anniversary), the National Hockey League has unveiled their NHL 100 list – a listing of the 100 greatest players of the NHL’s first 100 years.

Several prominent NHL legends are on the list. Not on the list? Calgary Flames all-time leading scorer and long-time team captain Jarome Iginla.

Let’s get this out of the way first: choosing 100 NHL players and singling them out as the best is tough. The process was likely going to be criticized even if the list was perfect. Because of the craziness of the list-making process, there was some concern that he wouldn’t make it. He wasn’t on TSN’s Top 67 Since 1967 list.

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But c’mon, no Iginla on the list basically invalidates the list entirely.

He’s 34th in points in league history. He’s 16th in goals in league history, despite playing in the Dead Puck Era. The 15 guys ahead of him include 12 Hockey Hall of Famers along with Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne and Dave Andreychuk – all future Hall of Famers.

Iginla has had 12 30+ goal seasons – 11 in a row, only interrupted by a lockout that shortened a season – and five seasons where he had 20 (but couldn’t hit 30). He’s not amazing now, but he was really good for a long time in an era that seemed to conspire against good players with a lack of obstruction rules and ever-growing goalie equipment. How many highlight sequences of Iginla during his prime involved him doing cool stuff with a defenseman draped all over him or with somebody water-skiing behind him?

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Finally, let’s remember – as people who had to watch this team growing up – that the Flames were pretty lousy for a good chunk of Iginla’s career. He played for a great chunk of his prime with a team whose scoring depth began and ended with him. Just imagine what he could have done with a half-decent supporting cast? He was a leading contender for several NHL awards between 2001-02 and 2008-09, and was a pretty damn good player before and after that peak period.

To quote Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski: “What he accomplished in his era is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Iginla’s not one of the top 100 NHLers in history? All due respect to the fine people that put it together, but any list of the best in NHL history that doesn’t include Iginla should be put right into the shredder.

  • TheRock

    The only reason Jarome is not on this list is because his prime years were saddled to the tire fire flames organization. Soak it up Calgary, you are to blame for this, not the NHL.

  • Kensington

    I am a Flames fan but I always thought Iggy was way over rated. I never liked Montreal but not to have Price on the list floors me. No matter who made the list there will always be players that should have made it and players that maybe should not …… so is life.

    • X Man

      If points count for anything… Then Jarome Iginla is by far the best player the Flames have ever had, and probably will have had for many, many, many years to come… Iginla 1095, Fleury second 830… Lanny’s number is in the rafters with 406 (and he was awesome)… And Jarome did it while playing for weak teams, with sub-optimal line mates, in an era when goals were excruciatingly hard to come by…

      Not to mention the leadership… The bare fisted beatings… His charitable works…

      Ya, overrated…

      And you call yourself a Flames fan…

      You call that “life”?

      You have failed at life…

  • KenBone18

    I wonder if Iginla can claim racial discrimination – we all know the US persecutes and jails black men more than white men. Is the NHL suffering from a Trump effect?

    If you look at the list it’s mostly white guys…

    • #97TRAIN

      Stupid comment. Mostly white cuz mostly white men play it!

      I for one think he could have made the list but there are many others that didn’t make it but you could make an argument for.

  • JoelOttosJock

    You people questioning Toews really are daft. He is in my opinion the Messier of his generation..better all round hockey player than sid ..(the Gretzky of the same gen) this list is silly..comparing people in the 70s to m the last 20 years is ridiculous..but use your heads. To say Iggy was better than Toews is Ludacris and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    • RickT

      Let it rush through your veins, cause I’ma be the one
      to step up and put a hundred thousand dollars on the game

      I’m not sure if you’re trolling, but of course Iginla had enough impact. Consider that he carried the entire franchise back to relevancy kicking and screaming during the dead puck era where upon he was one of the most prolific goal scorers in the league with basically no one to get him the puck.

    • WSO

      There isn’t a sniff of a chance he is, or will be better than Crosby. How you can even make that statement is amazing. The peers of both players still state Crosby is the best player in the world. Youre saying you know more about current pro hockey than Crosby and toews’ peers do? Idiotic comment