He only lasted one season in Boston, but veteran winger Jarome Iginla made the most of his short tenure with the Bruins — scoring 30 goals and helping Boston secure just the second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history.
Iginla’s one winter in Boston was just one of many highlights the forward orchestrated over his 21-year career, closing out his tenure in the NHL with 625 goals (16th all-time), 1,300 points (34th all-time) and 1,554 games played (14th all-time).
With such an extensive resume, it wasn’t much of a surprise that Iginla was announced to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 on Wednesday — joining a group that also includes Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland.
Iginla, who is the 59th Hall of Fame player/coach/builder linked to the Bruins organization, is best known for his 16-plus seasons with the Calgary Flames — where he holds the franchise’s records in career goals, points and games played.
One of just seven players in NHL history to record 30+ goals in 11 different seasons, Iginla was precisely what the Bruins’ top-six needed when Boston inked him to a one-year deal back in the summer of 2013. The power forward was a natural fit on Boston's top line next to David Krejci and Milan Lucic, tying Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in goals while adding 61 points in 78 total games. While Boston's Cup run came up short against Montreal in the second round, Iginla was a regular thorn in the side of the opposition — recording five goals and seven total points over 12 playoff outings.
Iginla, 42, is the first Hall of Famer linked to the Bruins since Willie O'Ree was inducted as a "Builder" back in 2018.
"Well-deserved recognition and an amazing accomplishment," Zdeno Chara said in a congratulations video for Iginla. "You should be proud of yourself, the way you played the game, the positive effect you had on every team you played for and every player you played with, your incredible community contributions you've done throughout your career and what you're doing now in your post-hockey life. Personally, there was no surprises, there was no doubt that you were going to be a Hockey Hall of Famer one day. I just want to thank you for everything you've done for our team in Boston and, personally, for me. I learned so much from you every day. You are an amazing pro, a natural leader and incredible person."
“You were the ultimate professional, on and off the ice," Bergeron added. The way you carried yourself, but also the way you played the game every night. Your consistency, your effort, your dedication — but let’s not forget about how great of a role model you were to all those kids that were aspiring to be hockey players. Thank you for all of that, thank you for all the memories and thank you for being such a great teammate to me. I learned a lot from you."