If you were one of the millions that watched the epic USA-Canada hockey game tonight, you undoubtedly noticed Canadian hockey phenom Jarome Iginla, responsible for feeding the perfect pass to Sidney Crosby who scored Canada's 3-2 OT win. Iginla, the the first black captain in NHL history, was only one of only four players on Team Canada’s roster that also won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Iginla tells the Vancouver Sun that he didn't see Crosby and only heard his voice:
Fighting off a check from Ryan Suter and with his back towards the play, Iginla was unable to see Crosby skating into the slot for the give-and-go. But he listened for where his linemate was on the ice. And after hearing his nickname being screamed, the Calgary Flames captain wheeled around and fed Crosby a perfect pass before being knocked to the ice. “I just tried to let him know where I was,” Crosby said of Iginla. “He outmuscled the guy. That’s basically what it came down to; a one-on-one battle and he won it and we were able to capitalize on it.”
“We were talking all tournament to keep communicating,” added Iginla. “We were saying all the time to let me know if he was open and stuff. He let me know there. He was screaming.” When he got up, all of Canada Hockey Place was screaming.
The Calgary Flames captain adds: "I’m very proud to be Canadian, to be part of these Olympics, to part of this team... And you know what I’m really proud of? To join the Canadians in setting that record. ... We were looking for our first one at home and then all of a sudden we’re setting a record. To be part of that I’m very proud and it’s an awesome feeling.”