CALGARY -- It's not completely familiar territory to Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla, but his second return to Calgary as a member of the opposition has him feeling a little more comfortable.
Though he played 608 games in Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the Calgary Flames, Iginla will suit up for the second time in the visitor's dressing room Thursday.
"The first time definitely a lot of things were surreal," said Iginla, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 28, 2013 in exchange for forwards Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski, plus a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft that was used to select Morgan Klimchuk. It was a trade that signaled a Flames rebuild.
"It was fun last time but I think every time coming is going to be special," Iginla said. "Playing here, a lot of great memories and living in the city for so long. But it's a little more relaxed and a little more focused on hockey.
"Different buildings around the League you get a good energy playing in and you like some better than others and I think this is always one that has good memories. Hopefully that energy not to be overboard but just to use that in a positive way."
The Saddledome is home to 268 of Iginla's 564 career NHL goals, and he has 570 of his 1,182 career points came in Calgary’s building, too.