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Video: Flames fans welcome Iginla back

Dec 11, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

Sometimes it’s difficult to guess how teams will greet a longtime favorite when that player returns in a different uniform. There wasn’t much of a mystery to how Calgary Flames fans would greet Jarome Iginla as a member of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, however.

To little surprise, they embraced their beloved former captain on a night when his Bruins beat the Flames 2-1. Here’s video of the tribute:

There’s more Calgary – Iginla love in this clip, too:

No doubt about it, this must have been a special night for the 36-year-old.

  1. drewzducks - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    And back to their rightful position on top of the Eastern Conference, with a game at hand.

  2. footballchamp - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Overall a good night. Flames deserved a better fate as they played an overall better game, but Boston turned on the heat in the third.

    Iginla’s return reminded me of Bourque’s return to Boston. Nice to see and it seemed like a genuine moment. Great job Calgary!

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Didn’t it kind of feel like the energy was sucked out of the room after the 3 minute standing ovation? The first two periods were so quiet I felt like no one could get anything going, and Calgary, being the team at home and needing it more, took advantage. Its obvious by the 3rd they just wanted to get out of there with a win and literally shelled them for 20 minutes.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        By they, I obviously meant the Bruins for anyone who didn’t see the game. They outshot Calgary 15-5 in the 3rd, and it felt like the puck never left the zone. The first two periods just were.. quiet? I mean, half the team did have the flu, and since there are 4 call ups playing already, plus the 2 roster extras, and you already have 6 depth players in, so no one could take the night off.

        By the way, I’m calling dibs on naming this Bruins roster the Whoins.

      • pastabelly - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        Agreed, the Bruins came out flat and were outplayed for two periods by Calgary. It’s hard to say if it related to Iginla’s return or all of the other players missing on the Bruins. Calgary handled the whole thing so well. I still believe that if the Flames GM didn’t back out of the Bruins deal last year, there would be another cup in Boston. Jagr was a bad pick up and Iginla, even with his lack of scoring is a great fit in Boston, especially with Lucic and Krejci.

        The other good thing to come out of the game was how good the kids who got called up played.

      • supercoop8 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        The last two minutes of the first period were pretty exciting when both teams were trading off chances. As for the Bruins being flat, Calgary worked hard to get in to shooting lanes and blocking shots, also they won battles in the corner negating the Bruins forecheck. They kind of lulled the B’s to sleep by outworking them in the first 40. The third period was so lopsided that at points it seemed like Boston had an extra skater on the ice.

        The most important question is though, who gave Jack Edwards a stopwatch??

  3. toiletclown - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    the entire bruins team should be suspended for being a bunch of on ice criminals. what a disgrace of a team to such a great sport.

    • upyourstodd - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      I like your tenacity. However, you are woefully out of touch.

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Awwwwww, that’s cute toiletclown…..you’re adorable…keep trying

  5. wishingtonredslur - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    The Flames lost that game being overly complacent with a 1 goal lead in the 3rd period. That is typical-typical Flames play. I look forward to Glencross and Monahan returning to play.

    As for Iginla after screwing the Flames in the trade last year I wouldn’t have clapped for him. I wish him well and such but as a fan, you screwed the team.

    • shaundre93 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I find it really hard to believe iginla knew the intricate details of the trade. I imagine feaster went to him and said,”Boston or Pitt?”. As much as I dislike the penguins, they looked unstoppable at that time and you can’t blame him for wanting to go there

    • supercoop8 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      He gave them sixteen seasons and was set to become an unrestricted free agent; he didn’t screw the Flames because he didn’t owe them anything.

  6. shaundre93 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Great reception for one of the all time great people/players of the NHL. Well done Calgary! And what a great 5 minutes of hockey the bruins played! Reilly Smith is a gem. That trade looks great for boston because of him. Although im sure dallas isnt complaining (isnt it crazy how deals like this and kessel work out for both teams? Maybe BOTH GMs knew what they were doing…)I’m also pretty sure I heard the crowd moan when iggy missed a chance at the empty netter haha

  7. amityvillefun - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Calgary fans really impressed me last night. They display a true love for the game and respect for the players that work hard like Iginla. The fact they didn’t begrudge him for moving on and cheered his return says a lot about the fans of the Flames.

    Well done Calgary!

  8. montrealbbr - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    To bad Iggy isnt good anymore. He will be lucky to score more than 10 goals this season. Tyler Seguin has 15 goals and the season is nowhere near done! At least Iggy is better on the boards huh!

    • upyourstodd - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Ill bet you 20 dollars Iginla scores more than 5 goals in his remaining 51 games.

  9. wishingtonredslur - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    How you figure he didn’t know the intricate details is beyond me considering he supplied the list of teams he would go to is beyond me. Feaster had the deal set with Boston for two young experienced players and had notified Boston the deal was done. Iginla than said no I will only go to Pitts and the Flames got zippo for him, prospects. Why was Boston on HIS list if he would only go to Pitts? So yeah I wish him well but that is a screw job.

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