Jade Iginla is back in camp with Team Canada

Jul 31 2022, 8:16 pm

Jade Iginla, the daughter of Calgary Flames icon and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Jarome Iginla, is back in camp with Team Canada.

Iginla, a right winger, made her debut on the international stage with Canada in June and was one of 142 players invited to the BFL National Women’s Program selection camp set to take place from August 3-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.

The camp, which will run for 11 days, brings together talent that will compete for Canada’s National Women’s Team, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team, and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team as a start to the 2022-23 season and a new four-year Olympic cycle.

“This is a great opportunity to bring all three groups together in one place and start to envision what the next four years will look like,” said Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations with Hockey Canada. “We are coming off a very successful season and we are looking to continue building on that. 

“We have a full complement of experienced staff to lead our camps but having our Olympic athletes able to play leadership roles where they can mentor and share their experience is a positive step in our journey towards the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan.”

Iginla, who had 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 22 games with Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, debuted for Canada at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship. She was initially expected to miss the entire tournament because of an upper-body injury, but returned in the quarterfinal. 

The 17-year-old had three points (one goal, two assists) in three games to help Canada win gold. 

Tij Iginla, Jarome’s son, also has a recent Hockey Canada experience under his belt. The 15-year-old participated in Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in Calgary in June. 

He was picked in the first round (No. 9) of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds in December.

Jarome, who amassed 1,300 points (625 goals, 675 assists) in 1,554 NHL games with the Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings, had an extensive history with Canada on the international stage.

He represented Canada at the World Junior Championship in 1996, World Championship in 1997, and the Olympics in 2002, 2006, and 2010. He also played for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 

He also set up the ‘golden goal,’ an assist on Sidney Crosby’s overtime game-winning goal against Team USA to lift Canada to gold at the 2010 Winter Olympic in Vancouver. 

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