Iginla closes in on Flames all-time leading scorer

Jarome Iginla potted two goals and two assists on Tuesday night to get to 828 for his career, which puts him just two points shy of Theoren Fleury as the Flames all-time leading scorer:

R  Player   From To Yr Pos GP G A PTS PTS/G
1 Theoren Fleury  1989 1999 11 RW  791 364 466 830 1.05
2 Jarome Iginla  1997 2009 12 RW  920 398 430 828 0.90
3 Al MacInnis  1982 1994 13 D  803 213 609 822 1.02
4 J. Nieuwendyk  1987 1995 9 C  577 314 302 616 1.07
5 Gary Suter  1986 1994 9 D  617 128 436 564 0.91
6 Kent Nilsson  1980 1985 6 C  425 229 333 562 1.32
7 Guy Chouinard  1975 1983 9 C  514 193 336 529 1.03
8 Gary Roberts  1987 1996 10 LW  585 257 248 505 0.86
9 Eric Vail  1974 1982 9 LW  539 206 246 452 0.84
10 Paul Reinhart  1980 1988 9 D  517 109 336 445 0.86

Iggy played his junior hockey in Kamloops, which means I've been watching his career for nearly 16 years now. He arrived in the WHL as a quiet 16 year old from just outside Edmonton and left a goal-a-game scorer, a Memorial Cup winner and as a first-round pick who would step right into the NHL soon after his 19th birthday.

I'll never forget when the Stars, who drafted Iginla 11th overall in 1995, dealt him six months later to the Flames for Joe Nieuwendyk, something that made front page news in my little hometown. We knew Iginla was a talent, but wondered just how he'd ever live up to being traded for one of the best Flames in that franchise's history.

Turns out it worked out just fine.

A phenomenal talent, a phenomenal person.

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