Jarome Iginla (Andy Cross / Denver Post via Getty Images)
The man wearing jersey No. 12 scored his 1,200th career point on Friday in a slick demonstration of speed, skill and hockey intelligence.
Move over, Dino Ciccarelli. You’ve got some company – for now, at least.
Colorado Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla scored against the Nashville Predators on Friday night to earn his 1,200th career point, moving him into a tie for 46th on the all-time scoring list. Iginla tied Ciccarelli’s point total with the goal, and is on pace to jump ahead of the likes of Bobby Clarke, Bernie Nicholls and Jean Beliveau before the season’s end.
No. 12 for the Avalanche scored the milestone marker in typical fashion, blasting across the top of the goal crease to fire in a one-time pass out of the corner from Matt Duchene. No one noticed Iginla in time except Eric Nystrom, who tried valiantly to get back in time after stepping out of the penalty box.
But Nystrom was too late, as Iginla buried the puck behind Marek Mazanec.
It was Iginla’s team-leading 16th goal and his 32nd point of the season. His squad won the game 3-0.
The longtime Calgary Flame has shown he’s still got plenty left in the tank since departing Calgary via trade in 2013. He potted 30 goals and 61 points for the Boston Bruins last season and is on pace to come just shy of those marks this year as a 37-year old with the Avalanche.
Iginla now has 576 goals and 624 assists in 1,360 career games.
His next milestone?
Goal No. 600. And at this rate, it's probably only a season away.