was in a familiar place on Tuesday night: Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome, the building he called home in the city he called home for almost two decades. But, for the first time ever, he was there as a member of the visiting team, wearing the spoked "B" instead of the Flaming "C". The fans saw right through it, however; under the black and yellow sweater beat the heart of a forever Flame, and prior to puck drop, the adoring crowd welcomed Iginla home:
Wow. For a laugh, watch this version
of the clip above, uploaded to Youtube by a guy that couldn't get more than 30 seconds into it before dropping a breathy, overwhelmed eff bomb at the emotional scene. It's tough to blame him. This is some moving stuff. The eager fans chanting "Iggy! Iggy!" the moment the lights go out; the shots of Iginla's proud parents in the crowd; Iginla taking the ceremonial face-off for the Bruins opposite Mark Giordano
, who replaced him as captain. But the moment that really drives this all home is the standing ovation that follows that that tribute video. Just a fantastic moment in Calgary. Iginla may have left a little awkwardly, but the homecoming was perfect.
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