Jarome Iginla never won a Stanley Cup. Here's what left him empty-handed.

Corrections: I mispronounced Gelinas and Lecavalier, and incorrectly labeled Nieminen as a defenseman. Thanks to everyone who pointed it out, always trying to get better so that’s genuinely appreciated.
Jarome Iginla was one of the most exciting players to watch. There were so many weapons to his game that made him a consistent threat his entire career. But the longtime Flame never got to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup despite finding himself incredibly close.
In Calgary the biggest issue was financial. It's honestly surprising he was able to stay a Flame as long as he did considering their history of being unable to retain superstar. But with Darryl Sutter handling both coach and GM duties, they made it work. Miikka Kiprusoff came over from San Jose to make the biggest difference. Iginla got help from Craig Conroy leading the hard hat crew of 2004 and ended a lengthy playoff drought by taking a long, winding road to the Final. There they met the Tampa Bay Lightning and combined for an incredible series.
Some might think the answer to why Iginla didn't win a Cup is as simple as "Martin Gelinas no goal in game six," which certainly contributes to it. But they still had another shot after that, and the series hadn't been without drama before then either.
Iginla found more opportunities outside of Calgary as well, jumping aboard the Penguins during 2013's lockout-shortened season to play alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The league's top offense helped earn the Presidents' Trophy and found no issues through the first two rounds. Then they met the Bruins - the team Iginla could have joined instead of Pittsburgh. It went poorly.
Thankfully Iginla got a do-over and joined Boston for the following season, which like Pittsburgh looked to be a perfect fit. But rivalries tend to spoil things and Montreal did just that in an amazing seven-game series.
It was his last best chance. He came closer than so many, but further than seems fair considering the talent and mindset he maintained over a 20-year career. He's still always going to be one of the best, he's just also going to be untitled.
Written and produced by Will Buikema
Directed and edited by Ryan Simmons
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  • This was a tough one that took a long time to finish because someone (me, Will) is bad at staying focused. There's a lot going on in the world right now, there are so many people feeling helpless or unheard or alone. I just want to say that we love y'all and if we can provide a distraction, even if it's just for 20 minutes, we hope that's something.

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    • Your pronunciation of gelinas is killing me. Great vid tho 🙏🏻

      Shawn FrankenShawn Franken26 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Well articulated story! I know story makes it sound made up or something, but I don’t mean it that way- you’re telling his story. Iginla was one of those players you hated to play against because he was always dangerous and played a complete game. That first series with Detroit when he was called up was when people really started taking note that wow, this guy is for real. No one should begrudge him for leaving Calgary, he and Fleury did very similar things in terms of their careers. They both gave their best years (and most of their years) to Calgary, and tried to go somewhere they could win a cup (or another for Fleury) before hanging them up.

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    • Lee Lantern lol idiot

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    • @Soyboy ForJihad the nhl is not a person, such and uneducated statement

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    • Anything hockey right now is appreciated, world is messed up and a Jerome recap is a nice escape

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  • I feel ya. The refs purposely screwed my bruins. The refs purposely do this to rig games on purpose

  • 6:25 - Calgary thinks Kerry Fraser was inconsistent and ruined the Flames chance of winning. *Leafs fans: Aww, that’s cute!*

    mgraysonhaymgraysonhay5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Who here after he is officially a hall of famer?

    Aeneas HinesAeneas Hines5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m a lifer oilers fan but I’ve got mad respect for Iggy. He was amazing and I did enjoy rooting for him when he was on team canada. Never heard anybody say anything bad about him. Totally deserved to be in the HHOF.

    Simon RitchieSimon Ritchie7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Steven gerrard prem title

    Dante SerinoDante Serino8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That Pens team was stacked. That was year Shero got the Penguins and his fantasy hockey team rosters mixed up. Iginla needed to play on Sid's right wing, Sid didn't want him because he hates change, and Bylsma wouldn't force the issue. A good coach would have forced Sid to get used to Iginla on the right (his natural position) from the very start. I mean I don't think Bylsma was a bad coach, but he had some serious flaws in his preparation and adjustments and general 'quirks' (his refusal to even attempt to match lines to force favorable match-ups for instance) that even a stacked roster couldn't make up for sometimes. A lot of people think the Iginla trade was one too many but I liked it. It's always been an issue in the Crosby/Malkin era, there's only so many spots in the top two lines, and some guys just either aren't suited for or just don't want to play on the third and fourth lines.

    WyomingPTTWyomingPTT8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd love to see if SB Nation knows anything about NASCAR by doing an Untitled on Mark Martin.

    Furious ShermanFurious Sherman8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And now he is in the Hockey Hall of Fame

    BS AnimeBS Anime9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And now he’s in the HOF!

    EzPzLemnSqueezyEzPzLemnSqueezy9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do Ken Griffey Jr. for untitled!

    Bracken DouglasBracken Douglas10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Very excited to see him be nominated to the HHOF tomorrow

    Aaron AdamsAaron Adams10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Clearly not narrated by a hockey fan. I cringed each time he said Gelinas and Lecavalier.

    Sach SSach S11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Drinking game: every time iginla helps set up a game five winning goal that gives them two chances to close out the series, take a shot

    Nic CiampaglioneNic Ciampaglione11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • As a Bs fan it hurts to see this guy go without a cup especially with us or the pens when both of us were years out from winning cups

    Eno22921Eno2292111 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yann Tiersen song. Very nice.

    Beard Up Beer DownBeard Up Beer Down12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Need to do Daniel Alfredsson

    Cameron R.Cameron R.12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Am I the only NHL fan here who gets very angry just seeing Brad Marchand?

    Aaron OramAaron Oram12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • where is the Sedin twins?

    Ciaban KCiaban K13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Loved Iggy on the Bruins, even if he picked the Pens over us in 12. Great all around player. All time stats are legendary.

    not todaynot today16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Calgary got robbed in that cup. They won that series and we all know it. Replay should have been used those days.

    Vedic WayVedic Way19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Gelinas - Pronounced ZHEL-ih-nuh Great stuff, otherwise

    phillusophilluso19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hearing the hard "G" for Martin Gelinas is making my ears bleed. It's a French name, so it has the "ZH" sound to it.

    Tony ZunigaTony Zuniga21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Wings got screwed bad on "no goals" and penalties in 04. Still Calgary should have gotten the cup that year.

    Stop the BSStop the BS22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 2004 playoffs was the last great run of REAL playoff hockey.

    Ray FinkleRay Finkle22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • First mistake, he played for the Flames.

    John SmithJohn Smith24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • As a kid living in St. Albert I was a huge Calgary fan. You had kipper, iggy, phaneuf & tanguay.

    Chasm FrazierChasm Frazier24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What about the coaching change

    Cooper CopperCooper Copper24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Any current flame needs to watch this. You’re never going to win the cup playing in Calgary. If you love Alberta, oilers are the best bet for a cup. If you love Canada, Leafs are the guaranteed pick to hoist lord Stanley.

    Grande 807Grande 80724 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He would have 2 CUPS If he cane To LA🤷🏻‍♂️ But you know how those east coast pansies are

  • How about Jim Kelly for the next untitled?

    DrewDrew25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Because Dan Bylsma is a terrible coach and put a hall of famer on the opposite wing he’s played his whole career.

    bally1402bally140225 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He wasn't good. He earned his right NOT to have that name on the cup. Thank the gods. Flamer!! Lol

    Isadore IsadoreIsadore Isadore26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'll save you from watching , the answer is he sucked

    purple paladinpurple paladin26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The crazy thing is he probably would have won a Cup in 2013 if he accepted the trade offer from the Bruins instead of the Penguins.

    Paddy FlattsPaddy Flatts27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This was absolutely fantastic great work guys

    Doug LyonsDoug Lyons27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is it possible... is it possible that all these players that never one a championship in any of their sports, despite being as good as they are... just weren't on a very good team? These are still team sports. These are still competitions that can't be carried by a single person. Look at Ken Griffey, Jr. Never went to the world series because the Mariners sucked. Just because you're the greatest player in the sport means nothing if you're on a team that's absolute garbage.

    Mysterious Señor HilterMysterious Señor Hilter27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 900k!

    Tor LundstedtTor Lundstedt27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Dude could throw some hands as well

    Kix MusaidKix Musaid27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He was my favorite when I was a kid, great vid as always

    GHfan4lifeGHfan4life27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do a collapse episode on panthers

    coasterking 107coasterking 10728 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That '04 Stanley Cup is the near equivalent of the 2002 Lakers vs Kings WCF

    Jesus AguilarJesus Aguilar28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sb nation! Look into the home run records prior to the ground rule double in 1929, rip it open!!

    Ok coralOk coral28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I firmly believe Dan bylsma cost iginla his chance at a cup, and Pittsburgh alot of strife, by his determination to not rock the boat and just tell sid you're going to play with iginla on the right. He's lucky his name is on the cup after taking over therrians team.

    tenlosoltenlosol28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Make a vid on spurs v ajax 3-2 dramatic comeback hattrick in the 2nd half deserves a vid

    Majd JMajd J28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember the 2006 year exit, as a Ducks fan. The Flames were a scary team to face, especially with Giguere playing with a hernia. Series could have gone either way, but then in game 6 François Beauchemin vs Jarome Iginla that changed it. When Beauchemin knocked him down with the first punch, and then trading away an unproven Beauchemin for Iginla to be in the box, that was key along with having Bryzgalov, Selanne, and Neidernayer produce big. It's easy in certain sports to go chasing for a cup/ring. Hockey is one of the toughest ones though. It's not guaranteed. I remember when Teemu left Anaheim for San Jose and the Colorado. Glad he was able to not just win one, but do it in Anaheim.

    gonzoducks8gonzoducks828 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please do Henrik Lundqvist

    Boss_Level_10Boss_Level_1028 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Only player you’ll ever hear with the puck just by stick handling. If ya listen closely you’ll hear the stick hitting the ice with authority.

    EZ EEZ E28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He did snag a little gold metal

    Brendan BishopBrendan Bishop28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Iginla is easily a top-ten player never to win the Cup. At least he's won just about everything else - Olympic gold, World Championship gold, World Cup of Hockey gold, World Junior Championship gold, Memorial Cup. Moreover, Iginla was clutch in the Olympics - scored two goals in the 2002 gold-medal game, assisted on the 2010 gold-medal winning goal. If I were to trade all of this for one Stanley Cup, think I'd pass on that offer. I'd been hoping the Canucks would acquire Iginla by 2012 or 2013, pair him with the Sedins. Would have given him - and Vancouver - their best shot at winning that elusive Cup. Would be terrible irony though, the Flames' greatest player of all time winning his first Cup with their big rival.

    broadstreet21broadstreet2129 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Eerily similar to the 2011 finals where a marginal play results in a suspension to a defenseman while the American team can get away with anything without being penalized. Sutter was absolutely right, the league favors certain teams, and if you're from the great white north, you ain't one of those teams.

    XanletXanlet29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You have to do one about Ronaldo (R9) not winning the Champions League

    Nick PNick P29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He never won a championship because the refs favoured Tampon Bay in the '04 finals and missed Gelinas' goal. Game 7 wasn't necessary.

    Eighth WonderEighth Wonder29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I got back into hockey when I watched a Flames home playoff game in the early 00s. The building was rocking so hard I was sucked in like I was when I watched those small stadium Premier League matches with passionate fans. Then I saw one of the first non-white players on the Flames and I was an Iginla fan for life after I saw what a brilliant player he was.

    DrtyALGreenDrtyALGreen29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • More football(soccer) vids

    Bryan SanchezBryan Sanchez29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A Don Mattingley Untitled would be a very Interesting one.... as a Player and a Manager

    Adam ScottAdam Scott29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd be really interested in a the best episode about the the 15/16 warriors regular season

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  • i wanna see a 2019 nationals rewinder

    Tyler, The CreatureTyler, The Creature29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey, Do a rewind on the summit series between russia and canada, 1972

    thebeatleswin1thebeatleswin129 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Its jell like jelly not ge like geko lol I got triggered XD

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  • Proves how racist sports are 🤦‍♂️ #blacklivesmatter

  • Henrik and Daniel Sedin were two of the best forwards league has seen in the past 20 years. Here's what left them untitled:

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  • You should do nba vs bad boy pistons beef history

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  • Flames fan here. This hurts. I hurt for Iggy. He deserved a cup. Hopefully he goes into management and wins a cup as a coach or GM. That would be consolation, but, he deserves his name on it somehow.

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  • Torey Krug baby

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  • More hockey

    Carter ReidCarter Reidหลายเดือนก่อน
  • He played for Calgary

    joe bidenjoe bidenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • He should’ve won in 04 but unfortunately there wasn’t instant replay back then :(

    Five Hole HockeyFive Hole Hockeyหลายเดือนก่อน
  • He DID win a cup in 2004! The puck crossed the line, no review, nothing. John Davison knew it.

    Jeff SpicoliJeff Spicoliหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Y’all think ur slick at 3:54 huh?

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Jarome Iginla never won a Stanley Cup. Here's what left him empty-handed.