CALGARY – His mother found the old Calgary Flames sweater recently, tucked away in a box in the attic. It was child-sized, perfect for the 9-year-old Jarome Iginla. It was given to him for his first minor hockey tryout, in St. Albert, just to the northwest of Edmonton, a gift by necessity from his grandfather.
St. Albert was Oilers country. The Oilers were in the middle of a four-titles-in-five-seasons dynasty in the mid-1980s, and St. Albert was theirs.