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).
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp