With Joe Sakic officially retired, Jarome has become "the man" the offense looks to for leadership. Once seen as the up & coming potential leader for Canada, Jarome now IS that leader. As a captain on his club team, the Calgary Flames, Jarome has taken his team to a Stanley Cup final. He has won 2 Richard Trophies for top goal scorer in the league. 1 Art Ross for points leader, and 1 Pearson for league MVP as voted on by players.
On the international scene he has just as impressive of a resume as ayone. He has a gold at every level. World Junior champion, World Cup champion, World Championships champion, Olympic Champion. There is nothing he hasnt accomplished for his country yet. Add to that 2 Memorial Cup trophies with the Kamloops Blazers and its clear he has done it all at practically every level.
A 2 time 50 goal scorer in the NHL, Jarome will be heavily relied upon to score goals in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. His tough, go to the net style makes him good for popping in opportunistic rebounds, and he can carry the puck just as well too.
Team Canada might have a captain in Scott Niedermayer who has done it all, but he will probably share the leadership role with Jarome Iginla. Someone that on the international ice, has done it all as well.
When North American fans think of Hnat Domenichelli they dont think "Swiss player'. They think Canadian. He is afterall a World Junior Hockey Champion with Team Canada in 1996. Yet in 2010, he will be trying to beat Canada as a member of team Switzerland.
He actually has a nice resume put together after all these years. 1996 WJHC Gold. 1994 & 1995 Memorial Cup Champion with the Kamloops Blazers & 2003 Calder Cup Champion. He has been in the top 5 in Swiss league scoring 4 times, including being the leagues top goal scorer once. He can even lay claim to outscoring NHL superstar Jarome Iginla for 3 seasons, while they both played in Kamloops (Hnat finished 3rd in the league, Jarome 4th in their best season).
Hnat will be making his Olympic debut. But he already has a wealth of international experinece between World Junior Championships, Spengler Cups & other tournaments.
Does Hnat Domenichelli expect to win a gold in Vancouver? Probably not. Hope to? Sure. Expect to? No. What Hnat likely does expect to do though is compete hard for Switzerland, and help them do as well as they can. If Switzerland has any hopes of some incredible upsets, Hnat Domenichelli will need to be a key piece of it.
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