CALGARY, AB --
A couple of weeks ago, when asked about the magnitude of a player hitting the 500-goal plateau, the always verbose Brendan Morrison was rendered temporarily speechless.
He gave a shake of his head and started to chuckle before answering.
"It’s mind-boggling, really, that number," Morrison said incredulously. "I’m a goal away from 200 and I think, 'Geez, 300 more goals?' That’s a lot of goals."
Morrison has since potted goal number 200 but that succient summary still stands.Jarome Iginla
became just the 42nd player in NHL to record 500 goals on Jan. 7 during the Flames 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
“It feels better and more special to do it at home here,” Iginla said, surrounded by media after the victory. “I’ve been very blessed in hockey to have some great moments and memories that will stick with me."
His centering attempt ended up deflecting off of Wild captain Mikko Koivu and past Niklas Backstrom. Not the prettiest goal the winger has ever scored but that doesn't bother him one bit.
"Glennie told me I got it,” Iginla grinned. "I didn’t know. I thought one of them maybe got it. But I’ll take it."
The accomplishment is another milestone in the winger's Hall Of Fame-worthy career.
Over the past 12 seasons, his goals total has never dipped below 28. He has 10 straight seasons with 30 or more markers. He's hit the 40-goal mark on four occasions. To top it off, he has registered 50 goals in two seasons.
The captain has been awarded the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy twice (2002 & 2004), the Art Ross Trophy in 2002, the Lester B. Pearson Award in 2002, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2004, the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2004, and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2009. He's been named to the NHL's First All-Star Team three times (2002, 2008, 2009) and was voted onto the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 2004.
In addition to his illustrious career in the NHL, Iginla has made waves internationally. He's won two Olympic gold medals with Canada (2002 in Salt Lake City and 2010 in Vancouver), was a key component of the 1996 World Junior squad that captured gold in Massachusetts, was the youngest player in the 1997 Men's World Hockey Championships, and played for his country at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament.
Iginla's junior career is just as decorated. As member of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, he won two Memorial Cups, and was named the WHL Player of the Year and the WHL's First All-Star Team after potting 63 goals and 136 points in the 1995-96 campaign. Overall, he collected 236 points (102 goals, 134 assists) during his three-year tenure with the Blazers.