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Jarome Iginla's number 12 to be retired at the Saddledome
CTV Calgary Staff
Published Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:08AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:26PM MST
The Calgary Flames will be giving one of the franchise's top players its highest honour later this year, the club confirmed on Thursday.
The team announced the details about a jersey retirement ceremony that will take place on March 2 before their game against the Minnesota Wild.
Iginla said in the Calgary Flames newsletter that it's a 'huge honour'.
"A thrill and to be honest, a bit surreal. I am extremely grateful to the Flames ownership and organization for bestowing this tribute on me and my family."
Iginla, who was drafted 11th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, played in the NHL for 20 seasons, 16 of those with the Calgary Flames.
During his time with the team, he chalked up 525 goals, 570 assists and 1,095 points in 1,219 games.
He played his last game in April 2017 and announced his retirement from the league last summer
Only two other players have had their jerseys retired; Mike Vernon and Lanny McDonald.
Ticket prices for the game have already started to heat up as online sellers have already posted ads with the ceremony listed as a highlight.
"I'm very happy for him. It's the right thing to do."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 17, 2019
Mikael Backlund comments on today's Jarome Iginla jersey retirement announcement. pic.twitter.com/c9r3xvLCos
"It's a great honour for Jarome and well-deserved. I think it's something that needed to be done and I like the timing of it."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 17, 2019
Bill Peters talks about the announcement regarding Jarome Iginla's jersey retirement. pic.twitter.com/vA6DTc9MbL