Iginla legacy shines bright
CALGARY, AB -- There is no replacing a Jarome Iginla.
The most iconic forward in Calgary Flames history, the legacy left behind by Iginla stretches well beyond his 1219 games, 525 goals or 1095 points - all franchise records.
Instead, the former Flames captain will have his tenure in Calgary remembered for much, much more.
"First and foremost, a wonderful person…great guy and a great hockey player," Craig Conroy said. "He came to play every day. Just wanted to win. Never was about him, always deflected the credit even though he deserved most of it when we're here.
"Just for him to be in Calgary as long as he did, there should be a statue out front at some point. He was just unbelievable for this team and what he did."
From a former teammate to a current one, Mike Cammalleri said his fiery competitiveness on the ice and personable demeanor off the ice is what makes Iginla, Iginla.
"It's tough to find someone that's going to say anything negative about Jarome," Cammalleri said. "I think that's a legacy he leaves. If I had to sum up his legacy, in my opinion, it would be an ultimate competitor and a very good person."
That combination is what brought Cammalleri and Iginla close at and away from the rink.
"He's a guy that you really enjoyed playing with him because of the tangible on-ice and the intangibles he brought as a person and a human being to the locker room and away from the game."
Though TJ Brodie hasn't known the 16-season Flames forward as long as Cammalleri, the impact is still there.
The 22-year-old Flames' defenseman went from fan to teammate and got to know Iginla first hand.
"Growing up watching him and then getting a chance to play with him, it's a special opportunity," Brodie said. "Everyone's pretty fortunate to play with him and we wish him all the best.
"Not many guys play for the same team for that long and accomplish what he's accomplished over the years. Definitely there's no one that can fill those shoes."
Not the 525 goals scored. Not the 1095 points recorded.
Nor the character in the dressing room.