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Jarome Iginla joins 500-goal club

Jan 8, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla

After being stuck on 499 for the last two games, Calgary forward Jarome Iginla joined the 500-goal club tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Iginla notched his historic marker with 11:27 left in the third period to give the Flames a 2-0 lead; it was his 34th career tally against the Wild.

Assists on the goal went to Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen, though an unofficial assist could’ve gone to Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner, as the puck caromed off his skate and past goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

With the goal, Iginla became just the 42nd player in NHL history to notch 500 career goals and the second to accomplish it wearing a Flames uniform. The first Calgary player to do it was Lanny McDonald, though it should be noted Iginla is the only one to score all 500 while wearing a Flames uniform.

The most impressive feat might be the speed in which Iginla got to 500 — it took him just 1149 regular-season contests, faster than Hockey Hall of Famers Gilbert Perreault, Stan Mikita, Johnny Bucyk and Ron Francis.

Here’s video of the goal:

Iginla now needs just two more goals to pass another ex-Flames winger on the list — Joe Mullen.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Congrats Jarome Iginla!!! 500, and the game winner to boot. They can’t all be wondrous works of beauty… like they say, it’s not how, it’s how many, and 500 is quite a bundle. I look forward to your Hall of Fame induction speech. And not to sound like the old fart that I am, but I do recall when the 500 list started with Gordie Howe and ended with Maurice Richard, with no one in between!

  2. trbowman - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Great player & an even better person.

  3. polegojim - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    CONGRATS Iginla – guy you HATE to play, but LOVE to have on your team.

  4. babar61 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I hate the Calgary flames with a passion. Nevertheless, how can you not respect Jerome Iginla? He embodies what a hockey player is. Congrats Iggy!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Iggy is the man! The ultimate power forward and leader.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    As a Calgarian and Flames fan I just want to say what a pleasure it’s been watching Iginla play his entire career here. He embodies what you’d like every player to be, a hardworker, who’s a great leader, always accountable to the media and fans when he’s struggling or the team is struggling, and seemingly just an all around good guy. He’s been the face of this franchise for the last decade, and it’s too bad that the Flames haven’t surrounded him with a better team in that time, I certainly wouldn’t blame him (and I don’t think the majority of Flames fans would either) if he asked to be traded to a contender to win a Stanley Cup, like the Bruins did with Ray Bourque. Even if that happens he’ll still always be considered a Flame and number 12 will be raised to the Saddledome rafters before the home opener the year he retires.

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