Five Current Colorado Avalanche Players Most Likely To Be Hall of Famers

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1. Jarome Iginla

Oct 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla (12) during the game against the New York Islanders at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll be honest, when I was brainstorming the list of guys I wanted to include, it took me an embarrassing amount of time to remember Jarome Iginla. In my defense, Iginla is still new to the Avalanche, and I will still always remember him as a Calgary Flame. Much like Ray Bourque is remembered as a Boston Bruin.

Iginla is a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this point. He is a prototypical power forward, and has also redefined the position in some aspects over his career. You often hear young power forwards entering the NHL say they model parts of their game after Iginla.

Iggy is also a rare breed, a scorer who is known to drop the gloves. When you are in the 500 goal club, as Iginla is, you would expect those silky mitts to be valuable commodities, not to be risked in fisticuffs. However, Iginla has racked up his fair share of fighting majors over his career.

Iginla Career Stats

Goals: 562

Assists: 615

Points: 1,177

Games Played: 1,329

Notable Career Accomplishments

  • Olympic gold medals with team Canada in 2002 and 2010
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (NHL leading goal scorer) in 2002 and 2004
  • Art Ross Trophy (NHL points leader) in 2002
  • Captain of the Calgary Flames for nine seasons