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Welcome home party awaits for Iginla in Calgary

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CALGARY — It has been the hottest ticket in Calgary since the NHL schedule came out. Jarome Iginla, who never got to say a proper goodbye to his fans in the city, will return to the place where he is regarded almost as royalty.

“I think it’s just going to be electric, and when they put him up on the Jumbotron, he’s going to get a huge ovation, a standing ovation,” said Craig Conroy, Iginla’s close friend and a member of the Flames’ front office. “Who knows how long it’s going to be for? Knowing Jarome, he’ll be like, ‘Enough, let’s just go.’

“But it’s truly the game of the year for people in Calgary. That’s the way they feel.”

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