The next generation of Iginla dominance is about to hit the hockey world.
The Seattle Thunderbirds made sure of that on Thursday afternoon, selecting Tij Iginla, son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jarome Iginla, with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 WHL entry draft.
Iginla, who turned 15 back in August, is currently playing for the Canadian Sport School Hockey League’s Rink Hockey Academy U18 Nationals in Kelowna, racking up 11 points in 10 games thus far as one of the youngest players on the roster.
Like his father, the younger Iginla is a forward, albeit one not as physically imposing as his old man, standing at 5-foot-10 and 161 pounds. Then again, Tij is still a teenager. And teenagers are known to hit growth spurts seemingly at random. It’s truly a wild time in one’s life to live through.
Despite not having played a single game in the Junior ranks yet, Tij has already accomplished something that his father hasn’t. Jarome wasn’t selected in the WHL draft back in the early 1990’s, joining the Kelowna Rockets as an undrafted free agent and proceeding to build his Hall of Fame career.
In comparison, Tij has a leg-up on his father, now. It’s likely Jarome won’t hear the end of it for the foreseeable future.