Boston doesn't yet know Jarome Iginla that well - and I'm not even just referring to the fans. Many of the players and staff have yet to meet the 16-season NHL veteran until he uproots and moves into town before Training Camp in early September. Of course it's not too difficult to know the player that he is having powered through an already illustrious career. He's won at nearly every level of both professional and international hockey aside from the ultimate prize which he's still striving towards as he begins to suit up in the spoked-B in 2013-14. So it was a unique opportunity to spend two days out near Kelowna British Columbia in what's referred to as "The Okanagan" having Jarome give us a glimpse into his life and his offseason routine. Back on July 5 after he signed his one-year deal as an unrestricted free agent Iginla had addressed Boston media via conference call. He has yet to meet the B's reporters in person as a Bruin but you could easily hear his excitement through the phone. "My family and I are very excited to be joining the Bruins organization" Iginla had said on the call. "I’ve only heard great things from friends who have played there. Andy Ference [Chuck] Kobasew [Mark] Recchi amongst many others about the city the team and the group of players there; I love the way they play." "I know as you get older you have people start thinking how much is left in the tank" Iginla had added. He turned 36 on July 1. "I still feel great." "I expect to play well. I expect to produce and be good for the Bruins and help contribute to a great regular season and be a contending team." When the #BearTracks crew met Iginla this past week we took in his workouts first involving sprints reaction time and quick footwork outdoors amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Okanagan Valley. He certainly looked "great" then showing his competitive nature and racing his younger brother Stephen who trains with him in the summer both with the sprints and in the weight room.
Iginla Hopes to be a Bruin Past 2013-14
NHL.com | Aug 5