A Boston television station was looking for someone to comment on the snowy forecast when they unknowingly snapped up a famous face off the street: former Calgary Flames captain and Hockey Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla.
Iginla appeared in a Saturday segment on Boston 25 News that covered a wintry storm that hit Massachusetts this weekend.
“I like the winter, but not necessarily this — this might be a little too much,” Iginla said.
Iginla grew up in St. Albert, near Edmonton, and spent over two decades in the NHL — the majority of which was spent as a star player with the Calgary Flames from 1996-2013.
The 43-year-old Alberta native leads the Calgary Flames in all-time goals (525), points (1,095) and games played (1,209). Through his entire 1,554-game career, Iginla tallied 625 goals, enough to tie Joe Sakic for 16th-most in league history.
However, in the segment this weekend, Iginla wasn’t talking about his amazing career — he was just having a regular chat about the weather.
“Pretty tough,” he said on the road conditions.
“We’re from Canada. So it’s not too crazy.
“I mean, we’ve got some winter tires. Used to this growing up. So it’s not great, I’ll tell you, you get some tough stretches. But if you don’t go too fast it’s doable.”
Iginla also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and the Los Angeles Kings before he retired in 2018.
The Calgary Flames icon and former captain was added to the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, in his first year of eligibility following a standout career that spanned over 20 NHL seasons.
Iginla also helped Canada win gold at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics.
–With files from the Canadian Press