One of the best power forwards to ever play the game, Jarome Iginla, had his No. 12 lifted to the rafters on Saturday night in Calgary.

Nicknamed "Iggy," the Flames all-time goal and points leader spent 16 seasons in Cowtown before stops in Pittsburgh, Boston, Colorado and Los Angeles.


Jarome #Iginla’s No. 12 jersey is raised to the rafters! • (🎥: @nhl)

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When a player retires, it's always fun to look back and see how different they looked at the start of their career right on through to the conclusion. Thanks to Reddit user “TheRealPepman,” we have a year-to-year evolution of the now 41-year-old's headshot that shows just how little he aged over the years.

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Pretty amazing considering how fierce of a competitor. Must've been all that smiling that helped with the anti-ageing.

Iginla joined Mike Vernon (No. 30) and Lanny McDonald (No. 9) as the only Flames in franchise history to have their numbers retired. The Edmonton native notched 1,300 (625 goals & 675 assists) points in 1,554 regular season games and added another 68 in 81 career playoff games.

A two-time Rocket Richard winner, Iginla won the scoring title, the Lester B. Pearson Trophy, King Clancy Memorial, and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award all during his time with the Flames. He also won a World Junior gold medal, a World Championship gold medal two gold medals with Team Canada at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and a gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 

Congrats on one heck of a career, Jarome!


That smile. #repost @bardown • Young Iggy. • (📸 Via: Twitter/ @blazerhockey)

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