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Top 5 Moments of Jarome Iginla's Time with the LA Kings

Recapping the future Hall of Famer's best moments with the Kings as he officially announces his retirement

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Jarome Iginla, a six-time all-star and one of the most respected players in the game, announced he has retired from the NHL during a press conference at the Saddledome in Calgary, a place he called home for 16 seasons.

After 20 seasons, 625 goals and 1,300 points, the 41-year-old officially hung up his skates.

Video: Strangis profiles Iginla and his illustrious career

Iginla was acquired by the LA Kings on March 1, 2017 from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

After playing for the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and the Avalanche, Iginla joined the Kings for one last chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, one of the few accolades missing on his hockey resume.

Unknowingly, he played his last game with the Kings on April 9, 2017 before taking the 2017-18 season off to recover from a hip injury.

Tweet from @LAKings: 👋 Hey there, Iginla. pic.twitter.com/E3BEnFzmz1

To say Iginla had a successful career is an understatement.

The forward won two Olympic Gold Medals and was awarded two Maurice Richard Trophies, a Lester B. Pearson Award and an Art Ross Trophy.

Not only was he impactful on the ice, but he was a leader in his community, having received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL Foundation Award and the Mark Messier Leadership Award to acknowledge his perseverence and commitment to making a difference. 

Tweet from @LAKings: Jarome Iginla can do nothing wrong in Alberta. pic.twitter.com/WJseRimE5w

Iginla's upbringing particularly linked him to KidSport, a Calgary-based non-profit providing underprivileged children the opportunity to play sports by providing financial assistance.

"That was always something that I was passionate about, just giving kids the opportunity to be involved and to enjoy all different sports," Iginla said when he first joined the Kings.

Now, Iginla plays on his backyard rink with his own two kids, hoping they find the same joy in the game of hockey as he did.

 

To honor Iginla's contributions to the Kings (and the entire league) we are sharing our favorite memories of his time in Los Angeles. 


Iginla's Top 5 Moments with the Kings

5) First Goal with the Kings

Video: NSH@LAK: Iginla shows off quick hands to finish PPG


4) Sliding in to Save the Day

Video: LAK@CGY: Iginla scores off lucky play in the crease


3) OT Hero

Video: NSH@LAK: Iginla snipes on second effort for OT win


2) Reaching 1,300 Points

Video: LAK@ANA: Iginla records 1,300th point on Brown's goal


1) Flames Fans Give Iginla a Memorable Send-off

Tweet from @LAKings: The man...The myth...The legend.Jarome Iginla with a great send-off by the @NHLFlames. pic.twitter.com/TQjeW3pkNo

Thanks for all of the memories, Jarome!

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