With Jarome Iginla en route to his new life in Pittsburgh, play grinded to a merciful halt in the the first period of a 6-4 Columbus Blue Jackets victory over the Calgary Flames.
During a television timeout, public address announcer Beesley directed the attention of the Saddledome faithful to the Jumbotron.
For one final time, Flames fans basked in Jarome Iginla’s brilliance. They watched a baby-faced Iginla, complete with square helmet, score his first NHL goal in the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs. They witnessed Iginla pummel Vincent Lecavalier with a flurry of fists in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final.
They watched the captain centre a pass to Curtis Glencross that banked off Niklas Backstrom’s pad and deflected off Marek Zidlicki’s skate before dribbling into the net for his 500th goal.
And, one more time, they saw a snippet of the Iggy Dance, and (historical) footage of the man himself waving from the bench.
With that, the announced crowd of 19,289 stood in unison to honour the greatest Calgary Flame of them all.
The 20 guys in red on the home bench stood and banged their sticks on the boards to salute a man some 35,000 feet in the air, immigration papers in hand.