Until failing to win a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Iginla had won championships in each of his four previous international appearances with Canada -- a first place finish at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament; gold medals at the 2002 Olympics, 1997
World Championship and 1996 World Junior Championship.
Iginla was named the Best Forward at the 1996 World Junior Championship.
Played on Canada's top line at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey with Mario Lemieux and Joe Sakic.
After being a last minute invitee by GM Wayne Gretzky to Canada's Olympic training camp in 2002 (due to shoulder injury suffered by Simon Gagne), Iginla finished off his first Olympic experience with two goals and an assist in Canada's 5-2 win over the U.S. in the Olympic gold medal game. He and linemate Joe Sakic combined for four goals and seven points in the gold medal game (Simon Gagne was the third member of the line).
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL