With the way the Red Sox have been playing since the All-Star break it's really tough not to start looking ahead to football and hockey season. Let's do just that, and take a look at one of the more interesting Bruins autographs I've added to my hockey collection, Jarome Iginla:
I somehow never knew this, but in writing up this post I learned that Jarome's actual birth name is "Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla". Not kidding at all. Would be great if he had an autographed card out there where he wrote the whole thing out.
Iginla's time with the Bruins was brief, at just a single season, so I was psyched when I found that this card existed. He was productive as always in his stint with the B's, scoring 30 goals and adding 31 assists in the regular season, plus lighting the lamp 5 times in 12 playoff games. I loved watching him paired up with Milan Lucic, and my favorite player at the time, David Krejci.
This off-season has been even worse in my mind. Lucic was dealt away, which I actually don't mind too much, but to me what happened at the draft is unforgivable. It's obvious new GM Don Sweeney had something in mind that just didn't pan out, but to pick three consecutive times in the first round is just dumb.
More than anything else, I cannot believe how badly the Flames robbed them in the Dougie Hamilton deal. I truly think he is going to be a solid top-four defenseman with good offensive elements to his game for a long time to come. I'm still stunned at how little Calgary gave up to get him. Look out for the Flames this year.
I'm definitely skeptical about the look of the 2015-16 Boston Bruins. At least if the hockey season becomes as disappointing as this baseball one has been I'll always have this autograph to remind me of better times...
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