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January 31, 2011

Jarome Iginla: The NHL`s Most Valuable Player

I know that there are some other players out there that have more points than Jarome Iginla does but honestly, no other player is as valuable to their team as he is. He is the best captain in the league, one of the hardest skaters and he has the ability to push his team to a win in games that could go either way. Last night’s game was just another display of the amazing talent that is Jarome Iginla.

The Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 last night and moved within one point of the Northwest Division lead. It comes as no surprise that the player to lead the Flames to victory was Jarome Iginla. The first period of the game belonged exclusively to Calgary. Although the score was 0-0 after the first, Calgary clearly was the better team.

The Flames had to consistently mount attacks against the Wild. Dion Phanuef opened the scoring with an impressive goal that required him to go coast to coast, beat the man back and one hand the puck past Harding, the Wild goaltender. It was a highlight reel goal that sent Phanuef slamming into the boards after scoring. Phaneuf’s goal should have inspired the Flames and taken the air out of the Wilds’ sails but somehow, the Wild had 2-1 lead as the second period ended. It was kind of a let down to see the Wild take the lead after the goal Phanuef scored but the Flames continued to fight. And who would be the person to bring the Flames even? The guy that should be MVP this year, Jarome Iginla.

Last night Craig Simpson of Hockey Night In Canada made a few great points about Iginla. First of all, when Iginla is not getting goals he is still working in come capacity to help the team. During the game stretch where he did not score, Iginla was still effective. The other point that Simpson made was that without the season that Iginla has had, where exactly would the Calgary Flames be? He is a great player but he also makes those around him better because they see the effort that he puts up for the team. Even when he is not scoring he is helping the overall cause. As a captain, I feel like you can only ask your fellow teammates to do as much as you are willing to do. If you are giving your all then it makes it a heck of a lot easier for your teammates to go out there and play to the best of their ability. A great leader is key to staying motivated.

Like I said before, there are players in the league right now that have more points, but do they motivate their teams this way? Are they able to provide a well rounded game when they are not scoring? To a point, some can but none of them take it to the level that Jarome Iginla does. In my eyes, no one else is even close in the running when it comes to MVP.

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