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Arena in Iggy's hometown to be re-named in honour of the Flames legend

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

First, the number.

Now, the name.

With his iconic No. 12 already hanging proudly over the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Jarome Iginla will soon have another piece of his storied legacy etched on a second Alberta landmark.

On Sunday, 'Iggy' returns to his hometown of St. Albert, Alta., where the facility currently known as Akinsdale Arena will officially undergo a name change in honour of the Flames legend.

"The City of St. Albert would like to thank Jarome for creating such great memories for St. Albert and for hockey fans everywhere," the city said in a posting on its website.

"He has inspired many youngsters to pursue their dreams and we are proud to rename the Akinsdale Arena, where he spent so many of his formative years, the Jarome Iginla Arena in his honour."

 

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Iginla, who grew up in the community northwest of Edmonton, began playing hockey when he was just seven years old with the St. Albert Eagle Raiders, before winning the provincial 'AAA' title three times.

Stay tuned on Sunday as Brendan Parker and our Flames TV crew will be on location capturing the sights and sounds of the event, which kicks off at 1 p.m. MT at 66 Hebert Road. Residents are encouraged to attend and take photos, enjoy a free BBQ, street hockey game and public skate on the freshly re-named sheet of ice.

Iggy, his friends and family, will all be on hand to partake the festivities as well.

Reaction from the man himself will be available right here on CalgaryFlames.com, the Flames app, and the team's official social media channels, on Sunday evening.

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