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Iginla to announce retirement from NHL

Forward played 16 of 20 seasons with Flames, holds franchise records for goals, points

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

Jarome Iginla will announce his retirement from the NHL in a press conference with the Calgary Flames on July 30.

The 41-year-old forward played 16 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Flames. He is the Calgary/Atlanta leader in goals (525), points (1,095), games played (1,219), power-play goals (161) and game-winning goals (83), and ranks second in assists (570) behind Al MacInnis (609).

"In a sense, I grew up there,'' Iginla told the Flames website. "I started playing for the Flames at 19, but even in minor hockey I remember traveling to Calgary for tournaments, from St. Albert, and I imagined playing in the Saddledome.

"It's been a fun adventure for my family and I. Some great cities, great people. To be back in Alberta, though, will feel like home."

Iginla last played in an NHL game with the Los Angeles Kings on April 9, 2017. He scored his 1,300th NHL point with an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

Video: Looking back on Jarome Iginla's stellar career

Selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (No. 11) of the 1995 NHL Draft, Iginla was acquired with forward Corey Millen in a trade for forward Joe Nieuwendyk on Dec. 20, 1995. 

Iginla was named an NHL First Team All-Star three times with Calgary (2002, 2008, 2009), and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer twice (2002, 52 goals; 2004, 41 goals). He played in the NHL All-Star Game six times (2002-04, 2008-09, 2012) for the Flames.

"If you said when I started that I was going to play 20 years, experience what I have, I'd have taken it in a heartbeat," Iginla said. "I did the best I could, played as hard as I could.

"I don't sit here now and think, 'Man, it flew by. I wish I'd enjoyed it more.' When I started, you have a dream about making in the NHL, how good it's going to be and what it's like. I enjoyed it while it was happening."

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Iginla won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association in 2002, when he had 96 points (52 goals, 44 assists). He won the King Clancy Award and NHL Foundation Player Award for leadership in the community in 2004.

He was captain of the Flames from 2003-13 and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

Iginla was traded from the Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 28, 2013. He played the following season with the Boston Bruins before signing a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2014. Iginla was traded to the Kings on March 1, 2017.

"When I was traded from Calgary, I must admit, I had to catch myself a couple times," Iginla said. "I didn't want to be crying. Nothing against anybody who cries, understand ... but it was emotional. The closing of a neat part of my career, a long part of my career."

Iginla finished his NHL career with 1,300 points (625 goals, 675 assists) in 1,554 games. He ranks 13th in games played and is tied for 15th in goals with Joe Sakic.

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