During the Olympics, I was thinking about what an obscure career Jarome Iginla has had. Here we have a player starting on Canada’s first line, along with Sydney Crosby, he has had an amazing career that is Hall of Fame worthy. He has played his entire career in Calgary and with all the stats he has rolled up, casual hockey fans still have no idea who he is.
Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla (his entire name), was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1995, then traded to the Flames in December 1995 as part of the Joe Nieuwendyk deal. He made his first NHL start in the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs, after having an amazing junior playoff run where he scored 26 points in just 16 games.
In 1996 he cemented himself as a starter and leader of the Flames. He put up 21-29-50 leading all rookies in points but finishing as the runner up in the Rookie of the Year voting. He struggled a bit in 1997 only registering 32 points, but in 1998 he really took off and scored 28-23-51, that was the fewest points he would score over the next 12 seasons.
He has since won the Rocket Richard Trophey and ESPY best NHL player twice, the Art Ross Trophey, Lester Pearson Award, King Clancy Trophy, NHL Foundation Player Award, and Mark Messier Leadership Award all once. He has been to five All Star appearances and has registered 4 points. His career numbers are 409-442-851, all that and he is only 32. He will eclipse 1000 points with over 500 goals and 500 assists and when it’s all said and done he will be a Hall of Famer.
This season through 65 games he has put up 30-32-62 and yesterday he broke out of a 10 game slump in a big way. He registered his 10th career hat trick having three goals and one assists. He continues to be one of the most respected players in Canada, although in the US he is just not a household name.
His hobby value reflects this, as many of his signed cards are fetching only about $10 each. Even the high end cards (like the one below) are only registering about $30 – $40 which is ridiculous considering what a great player he is. At $10 an autograph for a future Hall of Famer they should be picked up as quick as a wink. I’m curious what other people feel about Jarome. Do you think he is severely under priced?