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Jarome Iginla invited to last pre-Olympic tournament, report says

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Jarome Iginla, a six-time NHL All-Star, reportedly has an invitation from Hockey Canada to play in its last pre-Olympic tournament, opening the door for him to be the most decorated player in PyeongChang.

The 40-year-old and three-time Olympian is currently a free agent and coming off a hip procedure. If he does not sign with an NHL team, Iginla remains eligible for the Olympics.

“He had conversations with Team Canada this week,” hockey insider Elliotte Friedman said Saturday. “He’s going to begin skating … in about a week or two. I think Team Canada has re-extended the invitation. If he wants to play in the Spengler Cup before the Olympics [the last week of December], there will be a spot for him.”

Iginla was reportedly also invited to a previous pre-Olympic tournament for Canada but did not participate.

He is the only previous Olympian believed to be in the running for Canada’s 25-man roster for PyeongChang.

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It’s now clear that many NHL veterans will be playing at the Olympics.

The biggest name among potential roster pools? Jarome Iginla.

NHL expert Darren Dreger confirmed Wednesday that Hockey Canada reached out to the three-time Olympian Iginla and that the 40-year-old considered playing in a pre-Olympic tournament.

Iginla, dealing with hip issues, is unlikely to suit up in one of Canada’s remaining pre-Olympic tournaments, Dreger said on NBCSN on Wednesday night.

That doesn’t rule him out of PyeongChang. Hockey Canada has repeated that if Iginla, currently a free agent, wants to return to the Olympics, he must be playing somewhere (other than the NHL).

“If he’s healthy enough, and there’s enough will there, then he’ll play for Team Canada,” Dreger said.

Dreger also mentioned notable Team USA prospects, including ex-NHLers Mark Arcobello and Matt Gilroy, who are among the headliners on the roster for a pre-Olympic tournament in Germany next week.

Plus collegians. Namely Denver’s Troy Terry, who appeared at a September Team USA media summit for PyeongChang hopefuls across all sports, and Harvard’s Ryan Donato.

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Jarome Iginla, a six-time NHL All-Star currently a free agent at age 40, could still make the Canadian Olympic hockey team, Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney reportedly said Wednesday.

Iginla, who recently underwent a hip procedure, was invited to play in a pre-Olympic tournament for Canada this month but declined, according to Sportsnet.

“Jarome is going to have to be playing hockey [to have a shot at the Olympic team],” Renney said, according to the report. “It’s one thing to talk about names that could play. If those people aren’t playing … ”

Jarome is not playing hockey, at least in a competitive league, at the moment. He obviously can’t play in the NHL and the Olympics. Canada has another pre-Olympic tournament in mid-December.

Iginla, an Olympian in 2002, 2006 and 2010, split last season between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings but did not re-sign with LA.

Iginla would be by far the biggest star on either the U.S. or Canadian Olympic hockey teams with no active NHL players participating for the first time since 1994.

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