Ference, Recchi Played Role in Iginla Signing with Boston

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Jarome Iginla has always had interest in joining the Bruins, as it was well documented that his style of play fits that of Boston’s perfectly. In making the decision of signing with the Black and Gold, Iginla made winning a priority, while leaning on a few friends for advice.

Nearing the end of an illustrious career, Iginla has pretty much done it all, crafting a Hall of Fame résumé. Seventeen full seasons into his NHL career, Iginla is still in search of the one piece of hardware that has eluded him over the years, Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The closest he has ever come to capturing it was in 2004, after the Flames were defeated in the finals by the Lightning.

“It’s an amazing sports city,” said Iginla. “They are a team that, year in, year out, is extremely competitive; they are very hard to play against. They play a physical, aggressive style. I like that.”

Iginla pinpointed the Bruins as a perennial Cup contender. He even admitted choosing Pittsburgh was a “tough” decision back in March. Iginla is highly motivated to contribute all he has to the Bruins with the hopes of winning a championship.

His mental toughness and proven leadership strengths will mesh well with a group that is already driven to succeed. Boston lost some of those qualities when Andrew Ference was let go.

According to Iginla, Ference, along with Chuck Kobasew and Mark Recchi, helped influence his decision to sign with the Black and Gold. They are three of Iginla’s closest friends, as they encouraged him to play in Boston because it would suite him nicely.

Iginla was once teammates with Kobasew and Ference in Calgary.

“I talked to Andy Ference, Kobasew, and Mark Recchi amongst many others about the city, the team and the group of players here. I love the way they play. I know there’s going to be questions and stuff as far as choices and things like that, but they were always a team—not being in Calgary—that if I were to move I would want to play for,” said Iginla. “I know that sounds maybe a little bit different when at the deadline I didn’t go to Boston, but it was a tough decision.”

Peter Chiarelli made it clear why he wanted Iginla, saying, “Leadership and experience are very important. They’re very important when building a Cup contender.”

The transition to Boston should be a seamless one. Boston is built for a deep playoff push and Iginla only bolsters their repertoire of weapons. If Iginla can play the relentless two-way game that has been displayed throughout his career, both he and the Bruins will walk away winners in 2013-2014.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Title Town Sports Network

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