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article imageNHL: Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla traded to Penguins

By Karl Gotthardt     Mar 28, 2013 in Sports
Calgary - The face of the Calgary Flames franchise and captain for nine seasons, Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. A native Albertan, Iginla was a dedicated Flame and was instrumental in winning Olympic gold for Canada in 2002.
On Wednesday evening the Alberta media reported that there was a trade deal in the making that would have traded Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins. According to the National Post the trade to the Bruins was confirmed by TSN, which later backtracked.
Boston would give up defenceman Matt Bartkowski and centre Alex Khoklachev and a first-round pick. TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirmed the Bruins trade at first, but then backtracked.
“To be clear – no excuses – our group at TSN, of which I’m part of, regrets making a reporting error tonight,” he tweeted. “Apologies to our audience.”
In fact, McKenzie reports the Flames wanted to make the deal with Bruins but lacked “a critical [third element] — player approval.”
Jarome Iginla, in his 16th season in the NHL, nine as captain of the Flames was traded to Pittsburgh on a deal, which gave the Flames college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh's first-round pick at the 2013 draft.
The 35 year old Iginla is a six time NHL All Star and the Flames all time leader in goals and points. He is also the first black Captain of a NHL team. Representing Canada internationally, Iginla won the gold medal for Canada both in 2002 and 2010. He has never won a Staney Cup. Realistically that could happen in Pittsburgh.
Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 1995 NHL draft, he was traded to the Calgary Flames for the rights to forward Joe Niewendyk.
As the face of the Calgary Flames Inigla will be missed, but his trade will give the Albertan an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented on Inigla's trade on twitter attaching a picture of Inigla in Afghanistan.
“Jarome Iginla is a class act, a proud Canadian, and an all-time Flames great. Thanks for everything, Jarome,” Harper tweeted with a photo. The photo is from their visit to Afghanistan in 2011, where Iginla surprised the Canadian troops and later played ball hockey with them.
Stephen Harper @pmharper
Jarome Iginla is a class act, a proud Canadian, and an all-time Flames great. Thanks for everything, Jarome.
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