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Iginla gets well-wishes on social media after retirement ceremony

Kopitar, Tkachuk offer congratulations for longtime NHL forward

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Jarome Iginla was one of the classiest players in the NHL for two decades, and it showed after the longtime Calgary Flames forward announced his retirement Monday.

Social media lit up with congratulations, and former teammates shared their well-wishes with Iginla, who scored 625 goals in 20 NHL seasons from 1996-2017.

Tweet from @AnzeKopitar: Had the pleasure of playing with and against Jarome. Helluva hockey player and an outstanding person!!! All the best to you in the next chapter of your life my friend! #legend pic.twitter.com/03tcKAAmlk

Tweet from @Joe_Colborne: They say don���t meet your heroes, because you will inevitably be let down. Lucky for me, Jarome was mine. Iggy, it was an honor watching you as I grew up, and even more so as your teammate and friend. Enjoy retirement. You deserve it. #ThankYouIggy pic.twitter.com/ic0UHgILWc

Tweet from @MattStajan18: On and off the ice, Iggy was a true leader that has so much love and respect for the game. I���m so lucky to have had the chance to play with him, and get to know him. Congrats to Iggy and his family on the journey through his incredible hall of fame career! #ThankYouIggy pic.twitter.com/sz8jLiOOcm

Matthew Tkachuk, a Flames forward who played against Iginla as a rookie during the 2016-17 NHL season, shared a great photo from when they met at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal while Matthew was on hand to root on his dad, Keith Tkachuk.

Tweet from @TKACHUKycheese_: Congrats on an unbelievable career to one of my favorite players to watch growing up! Thank you for paving the way and setting the standard in Calgary! #ThankYouIggy pic.twitter.com/Aj0fzujZ5y

Evander Kane, a forward for the San Jose Sharks, called Iginla "one of my absolute favorite players growing up. One of the greatest and most consistent goal scorers of all time" while also sending well-wishes to the longtime forward for the Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.

Tweet from @evanderkane_9: Congrats to Jarome Iginla on a HOF career, he was one of my absolute favorite players growing up. One of the greatest and most consistent goal scorers of all time. pic.twitter.com/ZFWdwtpPAh

Larry Robinson, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, even took time out to congratulate Iginla.

Tweet from @19LarryRobinson: Congratulations to Jerome #iginla on a great @nhl career! Thanks for the great years you gave both on and off the ice to our great game! #ThankYouIggy

Iginla scored 525 goals in 16 seasons with the Flames, but his second-longest tenure was three seasons with the Avalanche. Each team's Twitter account posted highlight montages with some of his best moments.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: Iggy, it was an absolute privilege and honour to have you wear the Flaming C for 16 seasons.#ThankYouIggy pic.twitter.com/kTSR4kenoh

Tweet from @Avalanche: So much fun to watch.#ThankYouIggy #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/qzb9v7MflC

Even the Edmonton Oilers, a rival of Iginla's Flames, were classy enough to send well-wishes to the Edmonton native.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Congrats to St. Albert's own Jarome Iginla on a remarkable @NHL career & countless #BattleOfAlberta matchups over the years! #ThankYouIggy pic.twitter.com/8Zdd6ipNt1

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