Flames icon Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary a rare occasion

Boston Bruins winger Jarome Iginla signs autographs for Calgary Flames fans at the Scotiabank...

Boston Bruins winger Jarome Iginla signs autographs for Calgary Flames fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Dec. 9, 2013. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

CALGARY - Entering the building from the opposite side for the first time in his life, Jarome Iginla’s arrival was greeted with almost a dozen photographers and cameramen following him like he was Brad Pitt.

Every move chronicled, every smile drawing rapid-fire flash photography, the man who spent 17 years here was getting the paparazzi treatment, prompting Bruins teammates walking behind him to shake their heads in disbelief.

“I think it’s pretty funny – I got a little bit of ribbing from the guys,” beamed Iginla, somewhat at unease with the overwhelming reception.

“It’s good to see you guys. I didn’t know what to expect.”

How could he?

How could anyone, given the lofty status he had here for close to two decades?

While icons like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist or the Sedin twins have all certainly made indelible marks on the respective cities and organizations they so brilliantly represent, none have anywhere close to the tenu


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