January 19, 2011
The Calgary Flames and team captain Jarome Iginla would like to inform members of the media and hockey fans that he has been excused by the NHL from participation in the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend due to the health challenges of his grandmother. The NHL will announce a replacement for Jarome later this afternoon.
"It is always an honor to be a part of the NHL All Star Game but unfortunately I have to decline this year," said Iginla. "I just lost my grandfather in the spring and I have learned that my grandmother is not doing very well. With the way the season goes I don't get too many opportunities to see her, and as much as I was looking forward to being in North Carolina for the All Star Game, I just know that my mind will be elsewhere."
"My grandparents were second parents during my childhood and have been major influences on my life," continued Iginla. "I have been blessed to have them. And so after talking it over with my family I thought it best that I use the break to spend some time with her while I am still able to do so. Thank you."
Iginla has participated in five NHL All-Star Games including the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 games. Iginla has one goal and two assists along with 18 shots in five NHL All-Star games.
Danny Briere(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers has been added to the game, according to the Flyers. Arthur Staple of Newsday wonders whether a player with a suspension and fine this season should be invited; agree or disagree?