He'd go on to scale unprecedented heights for this franchise, setting career standards in the colours that threaten to stand forever.
Scrolling back to 2001-2002, though, Jarome Iginla could be considered at the very peak of his considerable powers.
"Looking back,'' Flames' assistant GM Craig Conroy is saying, "I honestly don't know how he didn't win it (Hart Trophy) that year.
"Jose Theodore had a great season, too, but …"
Conroy shakes his head.
"I mean, I realize I'm a bit biased, being a teammate and a friend, but that year … Jarome just did it all. Fought. Scored goals. Won the (Art Ross). Was our leader.