How the NHL's first black captain gives back
by Nicole Mortillaro
Pub Date 01 Aug 2018
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The story of the first black captain in the NHL and how he gives back.
He's the face of the Calgary
Flames, but there's much more to Jarome Iginla's story than just being the
first black captain of an NHL team. He's also renowned for his social
commitment and generosity off the ice.
Jarome (nicknamed Iggy) grew up in a single-parent household in St. Albert, Alberta. It was thanks to support of his grandparents that he started to play hockey. His hard work paid off and, in 1996, at the age of 18, Iggy was drafted into the NHL. He went on to become a multiple-award-winning hockey player and two-time Olympic champion. But he never forgot his struggles in his rise to hockey stardom. Today, Iginla plays an important role for many young hockey-loving Canadians by working to ensure that the sport is open to committed players of all backgrounds.
*Please note that this is a hi/lo title intended for reluctant and struggling readers. As such it is fast-paced, short, and uses high interest content with simple vocabulary to keep these readers engaged.