Jarome Iginla: How He Gives Back to the Community
After 19 years of playing, Jarome Iginla has decided to finally hang up the skates. In his career he played over a whopping 1,500 games, ending it off with 625 goals and 675 assists, leaving it at a clean 1,300 points in total. He played for 5 different NHL teams; Calgary flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings. He was the 18th captain of the Calgary Flames and played 16 seasons for them. The Flames ended up holding a retirement press conference to honor all the years he played for them.
Integral Hockey would like to honor Jarome Iginla’s retirement, by recognizing his generosity, and kindness as a player on and off the ice, and shout out all his acts of kindness. One of which was for every goal he scored he donated $1,000 dollars to Kidsport; an organization which raises money to help underprivileged children to afford sports.
Integral Hockey is also proud to be supporters of Kidsport, and you can check them out here: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca. Later Iginla ended up raising the stakes to $2,000 per goal he scored. This venture ended up raising $700,000 for Kidsport between 2000-2013. This was enough to fund hundreds of kids expenses to be be able to play hockey for years.
He opened the Jarome Iginla Hockey School in Calgary, which he donates 100% of the proceeds to a variety of different charities. In 2009 alone Iginla’s hockey school raised $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald house of Southern Alberta, and $38,000 in 2010. He also donates his school’s proceeds to the Diabetes Research Association.
So, for those reasons we celebrate your retirement and you, as a down to earth, sportsmanlike kind of player. We hope more like you from the NHL will help as many people as you did.
Thank you Iginla,