July 25, 2018 / 5:23 PM / a year ago

Iginla to retire after 20 NHL seasons

Jarome Iginla reacts to missing his shot on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason during a shoot out attempt in their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Jarome Iginla plans to announce his retirement from the NHL next week.

TSN reported Iginla has scheduled a news conference in Calgary, where he played parts of 16 seasons. In all, he played 20 seasons in the NHL, registering 625 goals, 675 assists, 1,300 points and 1,040 penalty minutes in 1,554 games.

Iginla, 41, did not play in the NHL last season after appearing in 19 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2017.

He played in Calgary from 1996 to 2013 and made six All-Star appearances. He was the NHL’s leading scorer in 2001-02 and remains the Calgary franchise leader in games played, goals, points, even-strength goals (351), power-play goals (161) and game-winning goals (83).

Iginla was the 11th overall pick in the 1995 draft, selected by Dallas and traded to Calgary, and made his NHL debut in the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as top rookie in 1997.

In 2013, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed a free agent deal with the Boston Bruins in 2014. He later played with the Colorado Avalanche and the Kings.

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