12 in the rafters

It appears that Jarome Iginla’s famous #12 will soon be hanging in the rafters of the Calgary Flames’ Scotiabank Saddledome — his number will be retired alongside 1989 Stanley Cup Champions, Lanny McDonald (#9) and Mike Vernon (30).

The two retired number banners currently sitting in the Saddledome are alongside the Flames’ Stanley Cup banner and a couple President’s Trophy banners, among others.

Fan 960’s, Pat Steinberg posted on Jan. 16, 2019, “Calgary has an announcement coming tomorrow regarding March 2nd game against Minnesota … Believe it’ll be Jarome Iginla jersey retirement.”

Steinberg’s tweet sparked a lot of discussion on Twitter, especially in regards to whether the announcement would be either a ‘retirement ceremony’ or a ‘Forever A Flame’ ceremony.

The Calgary Flames posted a picture on their social media channels with a “12” and the caption saying, “Tomorrow.”

This led to further discussion and speculation as to whether the announcement would be indeed a jersey retirement.

Iginla announced his retirement from the NHL on July 30 in a joint press conference with the Calgary Flames. He played 16 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Flames.

The retired forward is Calgary’s (and Atlanta’s) franchise leader in goals (525), points (1,095), games played (1,219).

He also leads the franchise in power-play goals (161) and game-winning goals (83).

He ranks second in franchise assists (570) only behind Al MacInnis (609).

Iginla was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1995 in the first round (11th overall). In Dec. 1995, Iginla was dealt in a trade to the Flames. A deal that involved Stanley Cup Champion, Joe Nieuwendyk.

Iginla has also received achievements from across the league. He was named an NHL All-Star three times. In 2002 and 2004, he received the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard trophy for being the NHL’s top point scorer. Iginla has also won an Art Ross Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Trophy, King Clancy Memorial Trophy and a Mark Messier Leadership Award.

With all of his shining achievements for the franchise and for the league, it is likely that tomorrow’s announcement will be for his jersey retirement. If not, with all of the conversation on Twitter, the Flames will have to start planning a ceremony anyways.

The ceremony is likely to happen on Mar. 2 and ticket prices are already increasing and quantities are selling out fast.