Iggy's off-ice contributions lauded
STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
|Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla leaves the Flames dressing room at the Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary on April 11, 2011 as the team cleans out their lockers after missing the playoffs. (Photo by STUART DRYDEN/Calgary Sun)
As good as he was on the ice over the last half of the NHL season, Jarome Iginla has had even more of an impact off it.
For that, he's been nominated by his Calgary Flames teammates for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given annually to the NHLer 'who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.'
The Flames captain won the award in 2004, and was also nominated in 2002.
Iginla's on-ice achievements speak for themselves. He likely doesn't get enough credit for the off-ice involvement.
He's been an ambassador for KidSport since 2000, now donating $2,000 for every regular-season goal to raise funds for sporting equipment and registration fees for underpriviliged kids. That translated into an $86,000 contribution this season, during which he scored 43 times. His grand total has reached more than half a million dollars since 2000, and after the lockout, he doubled his donation per goal from $1,000 to $2,000.
His non-profit summer camp with Cassie Campbell supports grassroots hockey and raises money for local and international organizations.
A new charity is chosen each year, and the hockey school has raised more than $130,000 since 2002.
The always-smiling Iginla is also a regular around the community. He takes part in the Flames wheelchair hockey game at the Alberta Children's hospital and often offers up his time to sign at Flames Foundation for Life events.
The 33-year-old also proved he's still very capable of performing on the ice this year, putting together a 43-goal, 86-point season and providing solid leadership over the last half of the campaign to help the Flames climb back into a playoff race.