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Iginla Named to Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Former Boston winger will be 59th inductee with Bruins ties

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Former Bruins winger Jarome Iginla was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the 59th member of the organization to be immortalized in Toronto. Iginla, 42, is the first Hall of Famer with Bruins ties since Willie O'Ree was inducted as a builder in 2018.

Iginla played just one season with the Black & Gold, but his contributions both on and off the ice were critical to Boston's Presidents' Trophy-winning campaign in 2013-14. Playing mostly alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci on Boston's top line, Iginla potted 30 goals (tied Patrice Bergeron for the team lead) and 61 points (third) in 78 games. He added five goals and seven points in 12 postseason contests.

During his tenure with the Bruins, the Edmonton native played in his 1,300th career game on March 17, 2014 and scored his 556th career goal a day later, tying Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk for 25th in NHL history.

Iginla is best known for his 16-plus seasons in Calgary, nine of which were spent as the Flames' captain. He is the team's all-time leader in goals, points, and games played.

For his career, Iginla, who also spent time with the Penguins, Avalanche, and Kings across his 21-year career, ranks 14th all-time in games played (1,554 - one ahead of former teammate Zdeno Chara), 16th in goals (625), and 34th in points (1,300).

Iginla, who retired after the 2016-17 season, was a six-time All-Star and a two-time winner of the 'Rocket' Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer. He is one of seven players in NHL history to score 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons.

He also won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer in 2002 and was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions in 2004.

Iginla represented Canada on several occasions, winning gold medals at the 1996 World Junior Championship, 1997 World Championship, 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

"Well-deserved recognition and an amazing accomplishment," Chara said in a congratulations video for Iginla. "You should be proud of yourself, the way you played the game, the positive effect you had on every team you played for and every player you played with, your incredible community contributions you've done throughout your career and what you're doing now in your post-hockey life.

"There was no doubt that you were going to be a Hockey Hall of Famer one day. I just want to thank you for everything you've done for our team in Boston and, personally, for me. I learned so much from your every day. You are an amazing pro, a natural leader and incredible person."

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