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.

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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.

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.

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  • This list is a travesty.

    Malkin is the 14th highest p/gp player of all time.

    Iginla is the 14th highest goal scorer of all time.

    Thornton is the 13th highest assist getter of all time.

    But at least Mike Modano, Mats Sundin, and Peter Forsberg got in. Oh, and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith? Ridiculous.

  • Just facts

    I’m an Oilers fan but there is no doubt that Iggy should be on the list. Not many have displayed the combination of skill and toughness that he did. The fact that he never won a cup doesn’t mean that he wasn’t better than several of those on the list who did.

    • Dreadguy

      Oh man, ^^^this all day!

      Let’s not get crazy and say the entire list is crap, but not having Iginla on it is definitely a huge surprise. His skill, stats, and character speak for themselves.

  • brodiegio4life

    the fact that kane toews and keith all got in over guys like malkin iggy and big joe is a total joke, i’m not surprised though considering the league is obsessed with the blackhawks as shown by their yearly outdoor game

  • GodsGotSandals

    Iginla in his prime was unstoppable he could deke you wheel you or if he didn’t feel like doing either of those go right over top of you. All while carrying a franchise on his back.

  • Randaman

    I have a question, who are the so called experts that helped comprise this list?

    Eastern idiots for the most part, I assume? I guarantee Bob McKenzie would’ve had Iggy on the list. All those other blowhards can all pound sand.

    • Greg

      I’m guessing it was the NHL’s marketing department. Iggy doesn’t sell too many jerseys these days. The all star selections were also seemingly made based on marketability… still love Johnny hockey but he didn’t exactly earn that trip this year for example.

      Making “top X” lists are fun, but I hadn’t actually looked at that list yet and now I know I don’t need to because it’s clearly just meant to be marketing hype and not a legit debate.

  • 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.

    • Neddd

      He captained three Stanley cup winning teams (plus plenty of international success). I’m guessing that playoff success and being a part of winning teams factored allot into the voting process.

      • Scary Gary

        Malkin has two cups and he isn’t on there, plus there were only four Russian born players. This list is a joke and the NHL should be embarrassed to put their branding behind it.

  • Pretty clear that this list is built more for marketing (hence the inclusion of current marketable stars who aren’t really deserving yet [but could be later]) than for true merit. Not really a big deal though, this will be forgotten before the playoffs begin.

  • 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…

  • Willi P

    Petty little Bettman is still mad about Calgary’s mayor calling him out and the Wideman thing. Not sure what the excuse is for leaving big Joe off of this list is though.

    • RedMan

      Ya, what kind of league allows a team like the oilers to be so bad for so long, and instead of relegating them, gifts them with half a dozen first-over-all’s? Or allows a team like the oilers to be so mediocre, but be in the mix from loser points? Crazy league.

      • ginganinja

        My word, the loser points argument still? Flames fans are so butt hurt over that still? Look at their record, how many more wins will it take for you to stop whining about that?
        The Flames lack of loser points tells me one thing and that is that they should try to start being competitive enough to at least get the game into overtime.

      • #97TRAIN

        How long will you be bitter? Mediocre team this year ? I think not. Just walked into two of the toughest places to play against two of the best and biggest teams in the west in San Jose and Anaheim and put both teams in their place.

        Oilers are for real so get used to it.

        You should be bitter though. It was you who predicted a 9-2 Flames win a week ago right?

      • FISTO Siltanen

        What kind of league allows teams to be broke for so long (Coyotes, Panthers, Lightning, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Stars) but still feeds them cash AND allows them to qualify in a lottery to draft the best talent?

      • jupiter

        What kind of league fires a arbitrator for arbitrating? Apparently he’s only allowed to arbitrate if his decision is in line with Bettman the dictator.

        What other league allows such disregard to professionalism and etiquette with there officials.

  • Eggs Bennett

    I think the big question to ask is: who would you rather have in their prime years? To me, I’d easily take Iggy over Kane (more impact on his team, better goal scorer, greater individual contribution relative to team support), Thornton over Toews (come on… the guy had 129 points in 05/06 when first traded to SJ… that’s like 2+ seasons worth of points for Toews; plus Joe has a Hart to boot), and Chara over Keith.

  • 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.

  • Thatz Nuckin Futz

    Don’t get me wrong. I love hockey but I’d rather watch Dateline episodes than the NHL All Star game and its related activities. Its reached its limits of relevancy years ago in my mind.

    As for Iggy, that’s a head scratcher. We Flames fans know what his value to the league and his team were. I guess being a western kid and playing in the west for most of your career doesn’t attract too much eastern media accolades.

    Favourite memory – 04′ SC Finals. Iggy & Viiny C drop the mitts and duke it out. I’m sure the New York corporates were cringing that their showcase production featured two captains pounding each other. It did my heart good. When was the last time, or since, that 2 captains did this in the finals?? I tip my hat to Vinny for standing tall against a pretty decent scrapper that Iggy was.

    Flame On Brothers.

    • Diesel

      If you made a list of ten things to do from which I could choose to spend a couple hours, there’s a pretty good chance watching Dateline would rank right up there. Damn fine programming tbh

  • FISTO Siltanen

    Find it interesting that so much of this list is dominated by players from the 80s and 90s. Like 35+ of the all-timers come from those two decades.

    And the fact that the list features THREE current players from the Chicago Blackhawks? Come on! If they wanted to they could have squeezed out two Hawks and included Anze Kopitar (2 Cups, dominant at times just not currently) and someone else from this era – maybe Iginla??

  • Willi P

    Okay Trolls (Train et al),

    We know your Oil are the best and the Flames are the worst, so you keep telling us. Your mighty Oil have 3 more wins than the Flames. Three. The Flames have 4 more losses than the Oil. Four.

    The article is about Iginla and the top 100 list. If you want to gush about your teams’ once a decade limited success, you have your own forum to do so. Enough hijacking every freakin’ comment section with your childish crap.