April 19, 2002: Jarome Iginla Makes NHL History

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Jarome Iginla becomes the 1st black player to win the NHL’s goal-scoring title.

He took home the Maurice Richard Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy.

Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He was a longtime member and former captain of the Calgary Flames and has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins before joining the Avalanche in 2014.

As a junior, Iginla was a member of two Memorial Cup winning teams with the Kamloops Blazers and was named the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Year in 1996. He was selected 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, but was traded to Calgary prior to making his NHL debut. He led the NHL in goals and points in 2001–02, and won the Lester B. Pearson Award as its most valuable player as voted by the players. In 2003–04, Iginla led the league in goals for the second time and captained the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals, leading the league in playoff scoring.

A six-time NHL All-Star, he is the Flames’ all-time leader in goals, points, and games played, and is second in assists to Al MacInnis. Iginla scored 50 goals in a season on two occasions and is one of seven players in NHL history to score 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons. He has scored 500 goals and 1,000 points in his career. He is a past winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award and has been recognized by both the Flames and the league for his community work; Iginla donates $2000 to the children’s charity Kidsport for every goal he scores.

Internationally, Iginla has represented Canada on numerous occasions:

•He was a member of championship teams at the 1996 World Junior and 1997 World Championships as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

•He is a three-time Olympian and two-time gold medal winner, including at the Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics, helping lead Canada to its 1st Olympic hockey championship in 50 years.

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