“It was always around, growing up in a hockey household,” says Jade, 17.
“Getting to watch my dad and have him as a role model, his advice, it
really does make a world of difference. Obviously, he’s my dad first, but
all his knowledge of the sport is always valuable and appreciated.”
Jarome Iginla needs no introduction to Canadian hockey fans; he spent 20
seasons in the National Hockey League, scored 625 goals and was inducted
into the Hockey Hall of Fame last fall.
He also made his mark with Team Canada, recording 47 points in 47 games
across seven appearances in red and white, including gold medals at the
IIHF World Junior Championship, IIHF World Championship and Olympic Winter
Games, in addition to a World Cup of Hockey title.
Jade is the latest member of the Iginla family to step into the
international hockey spotlight, wearing the Maple Leaf for the first time
with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s
After missing the preliminary round with an upper-body injury, Jade made
her tournament debut for Canada in its quarterfinal against Slovakia. She
tallied a total of three points (one goal, two assists) in three games,
opening the scoring in a semifinal win over Finland and earning a helper on
the 2-0 goal in the gold medal game as Canada claimed a sixth world title.
She hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps, but also wants to see what
she can do for herself.
“There’s a lot of pride to representing the Maple Leaf,” says Jade, who
will attend Brown University beginning in the fall. “My dad played a huge
role in my family and in my life, but I’m also creating my own path with
the Canadian program and in hockey.”
For Jarome, he is proud to see Jade’s success and development over the
years, whether it was in minor hockey in with Girls Hockey Calgary, with
RHA Kelowna in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, and now with Hockey
The important piece for Jarome is to continue to support Jade as a father,
while sharing his hockey knowledge and experience when it is needed.
“It’s really cool to see her working forwards, having success, and going
through the battles,” he says. “It's different being on the other side, but
exciting that she has that passion and is representing her country. Just to
even make it this far, she's very, very honoured and we are very proud of
To add to the family’s hockey story, Tij Iginla will become the next member
to join the Hockey Canada program this summer when he participates in the
national under-17 development camp.
The ninth-overall pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2021 WHL
Prospects Draft, Tij, 15, hopes to continue the hockey success in the
“Being named to the U17 development camp, being at that level with players
across Canada, I’m really looking forward to it,” says Tij. “Jade has been
very inspiring [at U18 women’s worlds] and has set a good example for me
and my brother (Joe, 13).
“Being able to see my dad, wearing the Maple Leaf throughout his career,
seeing Canada’s golden goal [in 2010], for me, my brother and my sister, we
want to be like that as well.”
Having hockey in their lives, Jarome is happy to know the family is able to
share and experience these moments together thanks to the game, and it’s
just getting started.
“I have been always very thankful for our kids,” he says. “They enjoy
hockey, and they enjoy sports. It’s something that I’ve been able to share
that with them, and have been able to spend time with them. We feel very
For as long as Jade Iginla can remember, hockey has been a part of her
life. Whether it was watching her dad play in the NHL and internationally
with Canada, or just experiencing the sport with her two younger brothers,
hockey has been there.