The IGGY Shuffle

The retirement of 41 year old Jarome Iginla after a 20 year playing career including 16 with the Calgary Flames, also means all four NHL greats from the Kamloops Blazers ownership group have now put their playing days behind them.
Iginla was the last to do it, following Shane Doan in 2017, Mark Recchi in 2011 and, Darryl Sydor in 2010. Aside from advising when consulted or having to vote on issues, none have a super active role in the hockey club. That is left to majority owner Tom Gaglardi, who brought Iginla on board in 2007 to enhance the ownership group. Iginla was coming off an MVP season in 2003 and was the biggest name in hockey. He helped seal the ownership deal in the second kick at the can after a first attempt failed. And he only had to make one appearance,
He has drawn praise for a terrific playing career and should go into the Hockey Hall of Fame, where he belongs, if only for setting up the golden goal in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Iginla has many other claims to fame, including he and Doan being the last pair of Blazers to be taken in the first round of an NHL draft (Doan went 7th to Winnipeg and Iginla 11th to Dallas in 1995.) It is fitting that Doan will have his number 19 retired by Arizona next season and the retiring of Iggy’s 12 shouldn`t be that faraway in Calgary
Their only regret was not winning a Stanley Cup. Recchi won three and Sydor two, but Doan and Iginla are in fine company in the cupless club, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perrault, Norm Ullman, Jean Ratelle, and Brad Park are among close to 40 others and are in the Hall of Fame.
The impression the Blazer greats left as people outweighed the cups. They were all terrific ambassadors to the communities they played in through their work with charities. Their efforts came naturally because it was a requirement as Kamloops Blazers and it is a feather in the hockey clubs hat to have been instrumental in their development not only as players but as people.