Tonight is a special night at the Saddledome, as fans of the Calgary Flames were filling the arena 90 minutes before puck drop to recognize one of the team’s all-timers. Jarome Iginla’s No. 12 was sent to the rafters, a moment that wasn’t only resonant in Calgary but all of Canada.

Iginla’s No. 12 was projected on to the ice and free shirts in the arena seating also color-blocked a white 12 on a sea of red, as Iginla was honoured by the Flames in a special ceremony before the game. There were chants of “Iggy” from the crowd and a video tribute that ran eight minutes long.

Still, there was nothing quite like the look on Iggy’s face as his 12 was raised.


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

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That wasn’t all, however, as the Flames took to the ice following the ceremony for warm-ups — all in Iginla jerseys.

All in all, it was a pretty special night for the Flames. Despite being one of the hottest up-and-comers in the NHL, tonight was all about the past, for a player whose contributions to the city of Calgary have lasted far longer than his tenure with the Flames.


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