CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames realize their game Tuesday against the Boston Bruins isn't just a weekday, out-of-conference contest in the middle of December.
It's the first return of a franchise face.
Right Wing - BOS
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 17
SOG: 79 | +/-: 12
The game marks the first time longtime captain Jarome Iginla
returns to Calgary since he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins
on March 27, ending his storied 16-year tenure with the only NHL team he had played for.
"It's going to be a great day for Jarome to come back," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Unfortunately in this business you get traded and you need to be in the next city in the next few hours so you don't have time to say thank you the right way. We know how classy this organization and our fans are. [Tuesday] I'm sure that they'll have a chance to say thank you to Jarome and it's going to be the same thing for him. I'm sure he'll want to show his appreciation to our fans."
Twelve hours after the trade with the Penguins was announced, Iginla bid farewell in a somber but upbeat press conference, leaving Calgary as the all-time franchise leader in games played (1,219), points (1,095) and goals (525).
There was no final standing ovation. No celebratory video package. Just a departure to the next NHL city.
But Iginla, now a member of the Bruins after signing with Boston as an unrestricted free agent this summer, finally will receive his farewell from the Flames faithful at Scotiabank Saddledome.