Jarome Iginla scores 500th career goal
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:37 am
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:07 am
By: Adam Gretz
The wait is over for Jarome Iginla.
During the third period of Calgary's 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild, the 15th year NHL veteran became the 42nd player in NHL history to score 500 career goals, netting his 16th of the season at the 8:33 mark of the period, beating goaltender Niklas Backstrom. It may not have been the prettiest goal of his career, and it was more of a pass that took a fortunate bounce than a shot, but they all count the same.
Originally a first-round draft pick (11th overall) by the Dallas Stars back in 1995, Iginla has scored all of his goals as a member of the Flames after being acquired in the December, 1995 trade that sent forward Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas.
Since being acquired he's been a model of consistency, having scored at least 30 goals in each of the past 10 seasons, a streak that also includes four 40-goal seasons and a pair of 50-goal seasons, as well two campaigns (2001-02 and 2003-04) where he led the entire league in goals scored.
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