Retired Iginla on playing in Calgary: ‘It was a true honour’

Flames great Jarome Iginla, who spent 16 of his 20 NHL seasons in Calgary, announced his retirement on Monday.

The 41-year-old is the franchise leader in goals, points, games played and game-winning goals.

“It’s very humbling to be here today. It was a true honour to play here … and this is home,” Iginla told reporters.

“I’m excited for retirement, to be with my family, but there are so many great memories [from playing in the NHL].”

Iginla scored 625 goals and 675 assists, for 1,300 points — 34th on the NHL’s all-time list — and had 1,040 penalty minutes in 1,554 games. 

Born in Edmonton, Iginla would go on to become one of the biggest fan favourites in Calgary, registering 525 goals and 570 assists from 1996 to 2013.

The six-time all-star is the franchise leader in goals, points (1,095), games played (1,219) and game-winning goals (83).

“I don’t think there’s any question he’s the greatest Flame of all time,” said Craig Button, a television analyst who was Calgary’s general manager from 2000 to 2003.

“This is a player that’s represented everything the Calgary Flames were about in good times and bad.”