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).
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense