“I’m probably not your typical hockey kid.”
“My father immigrated to Canada from Nigeria, my mother is from Oregon, but when I started hockey with the St. Albert hockey team at the age of seven, I was hooked and I wanted to be an athlete. hockey player dreams of joining the NHL”.
Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla dreams far beyond what he could have imagined.
Four all-star games, a Rocket Richard Trophy title, 625 career goals, Art Ross and Lester B. Pearson awards, Olympic gold medalist, one of the faces of the Calgary Flames in 16 seasons for a total 20 seasons in the NHL and is now one of the greatest players of his time and a symbol of diversity in hockey forever inscribed in the hall of fame.
People of St. Albert, Alta were part of a class of 2020 that also featured Marian Hossa, Kim St-Pierre, Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe and Ken Holland. The weekend marks the return to normalcy of the hockey event calendar once again in Toronto, even if it takes a year.
Iginla is proud to be the fourth black athlete to enter the arena and his dream of playing hockey at the highest level was made possible thanks to those who have come before him.
“It was a great honor, growing up seeing other black players in the NHL, it made me think that the dream of being in the NHL is possible and not having to think that you have to break barriers, guys. Others have done it before,” Iginla said. “Willie O’Ree, I admire Claude Vilgrain and Grant Fuhr at Edmonton and I got to play with him near the end of his career. I got to play with him in his last game, it was a huge honor and those guys mean a lot to me. “
Being captain of his hometown team’s biggest rival made for hilarious exchanges, but it also allowed his family to participate in many memorable Battle of Alberta competitions – and that means a lot. means a lot to him.
“It’s really special to be able to play in my hometown of Alberta,” Iginla said. “Family and friends can play a lot of games, mom has to play a lot, grandparents can play games, my dad has to go a lot, my brother and sister have to go, the friends that I study with Hockey with me has to share that. One of the most exciting places is that I obviously go to Edmonton and play at the old Colosseum. I didn’t get to watch many games growing up there, but I got to play one. There’s some minor hockey there, I think I’ve seen the doubles games and it’s special to go back there”.
The weekend was also special for the many alumni who competed against members of the induction class. Tomas Kaberle, a fan favorite of the NHLer and Toronto Maple Leafs, enjoyed playing against Iginla and skating with Hossa in a less stressful situation than he was used to.
“I had to chase them for years. It wasn’t easy!” Kaberle laughed.
Lightning fast Kaberle joked about what it was like to fight them, praising the men’s careers in reaching the Walk of Fame, as well as their work in other aspects of the game and events. other factors in their lives.
“They totally deserve it, they’ve got the job done at a young age in the NHL seasons, even after playing they’re doing things that keep helping kids, lots of charities. They’ve had incredible careers and it’s a pleasure to see them as the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
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