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Jarome Iginla career timeline: Draft to retirement

41-year-old forward, longtime Flames captain scored 625 goals in 20 NHL seasons

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Jarome Iginla will retire Monday after 20 seasons in the NHL.

Here is a timeline of his career:

July 8, 1995: Iginla, an Edmonton native, is selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (No. 11) of the 1995 NHL Draft, which is in his hometown. The Stars pick the 18-year-old forward after he has a 33-goal, 71-point season and scores five goals to help his junior team, Kamloops of the Western Hockey League, win its second straight Memorial Cup championship. He later becomes an owner of Kamloops.

Dec. 19, 1995: While playing his third season for Kamloops, Iginla is traded to the Calgary Flames by the Stars along with center Corey Millen for center Joe Nieuwendyk.

April 21, 1996: After Kamloops is upset in the WHL final, ending its hopes of a third straight Memorial Cup title, the Flames waste little time getting Iginla into uniform. He wears No. 24 and becomes the first 18-year-old to play for Calgary since Dan Quinn in 1983 when he steps onto the ice for Game 3 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has an assist in Game 3 and scores a goal in Game 4, but the Flames are swept by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Oct. 5, 1996: Iginla scores his first NHL goal in his regular-season debut for the Flames when he beats Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean at 14:50 of the first period. It's the only Calgary goal in a 3-1 road loss. Now wearing No. 12, he finishes his first NHL season with 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) in 82 games and is second to New York Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard in voting for the Calder Trophy as top rookie in the NHL.

April 15, 1999: Iginla scores his 28th goal in a 5-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche in the next-to-last game of the season. He finishes 1998-99 second on the Flames in goals, two behind Theo Fleury.

March 25, 2001: Iginla becomes a 30-goal scorer in the NHL for the first time when he opens the scoring in a 3-1 win at Chicago. He scores two nights later against the Columbus Blue Jackets and finishes the season as Calgary's leader in goals (31) and points (71).

Feb. 24, 2002: Iginla scores two goals in Canada's 5-2 victory against the United States in the gold medal game at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

April 7, 2002: Iginla reaches 50 goals in a season for the first time in his NHL career when he scores at 19:41 of the first period against the Blackhawks. He scores again in the 3-2 loss at Chicago and into an empty net five nights later at the Edmonton Oilers, finishing 2001-02 as the NHL leader in goals (52) and points (96). He is voted to the NHL First All-Star Team and wins the Lester B. Pearson (now Ted Lindsay) Award as most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by his peers. Despite Iginla's breakout performance, the Flames miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Oct. 8, 2003: Iginla becomes the 19th captain in Flames history, succeeding Bob Boughner and Craig Conroy, co-captains since Feb. 4, 2002.

April 4, 2004: A goal in Calgary's regular-season finale, at the Anaheim Ducks, is Iginla's 41st, giving him a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy as NHL goals leader with Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers and Rick Nash of the Blue Jackets. The Flames finish 42-30-3 with seven ties and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

June 3, 2004: Iginla scores his NHL-high 13th goal of the 2004 playoffs, and the visiting Flames defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. However, they lose 3-2 in the second overtime in Game 6 in Calgary two nights later and 2-1 in Game 7 in Tampa on June 7. It is the only time in Iginla's career that he reaches the Final.

Dec. 7, 2006: Iginla scores his 300th NHL goal and gets his 600th point when he scores in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Minnesota Wild. Despite missing 12 games with a knee injury, he finishes 2006-07 with 94 points, including an NHL career-high 55 assists.

April 5, 2008: By scoring in a season-ending 7-1 victory at Vancouver, Iginla becomes a 50-goal scorer for the second time in his NHL career. He finishes 2008-09 with an NHL career-high 98 points (third in the League), is voted to the NHL First All-Star Team for the second time, and is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP for the third time.

March 1, 2009: A five-point night in an 8-6 loss to the Lightning enables Iginla to reach two milestones. His second goal of the game is his 400th in the NHL, and his assist on Conroy's second-period goal gives him 831 points, moving him past Fleury for most in Flames history. He finishes the season with 89 points (35 goals, 54 assists) and is voted to the NHL First All-Star Team for the third time.

Jan. 30, 2010: Iginla reaches 900 NHL points with a two-goal, two-assist performance in a 6-1 home win against the Oilers. Six nights later, he plays his 1,000th NHL game, at the Florida Panthers.

Feb. 28, 2010: Iginla slides a pass to Sidney Crosby, who beats goalie Ryan Miller at 7:40 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory against the U.S. in the gold medal game of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Iginla has his back to the play and doesn't see Crosby, but he hears Crosby yell and gives him a perfect pass before being knocked down. It's the second Olympic gold medal for Iginla.

March 6, 2011: Iginla becomes the 10th player in NHL history with at least 30 goals in 10 consecutive seasons when he scores his 30th of 2010-11 on a penalty shot in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators.

April 1, 2011: Iginla gets his 1,000th NHL point when he scores the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory at the St. Louis Blues. He is the 77th player to reach the milestone.

Jan. 7, 2012: Iginla scores his 500th NHL goal at 8:33 of the third period in a 3-1 win against the Wild. He is the 42nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals, the 15th to do so for one team.

March 28, 2013: With the Flames on the way to missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season, Iginla is traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two prospects and a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He finishes with 1,095 points (525 goals, 570 assists) in 1,219 games with Calgary. Iginla has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 13 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, then has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 15 playoff games before the Penguins are swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final.

July 5, 2013: The Bruins, after thinking they had acquired Iginla in a trade from the Flames only to lose out to the Penguins, sign him as a free agent. He finishes 2013-14 with 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) and has an NHL career-best plus-34 rating, helping the Bruins finish first in the Atlantic Division and win the Presidents' Trophy. However, they lose to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Second Round. Iginla scores five goals and has two assists in 12 games in his last trip to the postseason.

July 1, 2014: Iginla signs a two-year contract with the Avalanche after NHL salary cap constraints prevent the Bruins from re-signing him. His 29 goals in 2014-15 lead Colorado.

Jan. 4, 2016: Iginla becomes the 19th player in NHL history to reach 600 goals when he scores in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings.

March 1, 2017: The Avalanche, headed for a last-place finish and their third straight season missing the playoffs, trade Iginla to the Kings. With his No. 12 taken by Marian Gaborik, Iginla switches to No. 88. He has nine points (six goals, three assists) in 19 games for the Kings.

April 9, 2017: Iginla has an assist in what turns out to be his last NHL game, a 4-3 overtime loss at Anaheim.

July 30, 2018: Iginla announces his retirement with the Flames, finishing his NHL career with 1,300 points (625 goals, 675 assists) in 1,554 games. He practices with Providence of the American Hockey League during the 2017-18 season but isn't signed by an NHL team.

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