Iggy Deserves Recognition

Jarome Iginla

Pardon the pun because he plays for the Calgary Flames, but Jarome Iginla is on fire.

Right now, the Flames captain sits second in NHL scoring with 60 points in 44 games, including 32 goals and is on pace to obliterate his 2001-02 season where he put up 96 points and won his first of two Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies that year with 52 goals.

Iginla is on pace for 60 goals and 112 points this season, as well as a plus-32 rating and 71 penalty minutes.  His play of late, which includes 12 points in his last 10 games and seven points in his last four games, has been the key ingredient for the Calgary Flames’ resurgence to the top or near the top of the Northwest Division standings after it looked like the Flames were on the downward spiral at the beginning of December.

This week, the former Team Canada gold medalist from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 1996 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, was awarded for his outstanding first-half play by being voted into the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Atlanta Thrashers.  It is definitely refreshing to see that Iginla will get his recognition from the fans for his performance so far this season, but maybe he deserves more than just fan recognition.

Right now, the leading candidate to take home the Hart Trophy for NHL M.V.P. is Vancouver Canucks saviour and goaltender Robert Luongo.  Luongo should also be considered a front runner for the Lester B. Pearson Award for the Player of the Year as selected by the NHLPA.  That being said, Iginla is having a good enough season that he should also be considered someone who could potentially take home one, if not both of these awards, when the regular season ends in April.

Jarome Iginla Trophy

The Flames owe a lot to their captain for their success this season.  Iginla not only has provided a wealth of contributions in terms of points and offence, he has provided a tough, physical edge this season and ever since he came into the league back in 1997. 

Iginla has done everything and anything that he has felt he needed to do to try and point his teammates and organization in the right direction in terms of one-ice performance.  This season, his leadership qualities have been more than evident by his play and his numbers, but also with how he handles the coaching style of Mike Keenan, which is not an easy task.

Right now, the Canucks’ Luongo is the best player in the NHL and has deserved every single accolade he has gotten, but Iginla deserves consideration for those two top awards because he’s lifted his hockey team onto his shoulders and is the only reason the Flames are near the top of the standings and should be considered a dangerous team going into the stretch half of the regular season.


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