Today Jarome Iginla left the Calgary Flames. I was thinking about Jarome when I suddenly remembered meeting him once when he came into a bookstore I worked in. I remember two things distinctly about that day: 1) Jarome looked like he could bench press a smart car, and 2) he bought a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas — a rip-roaring adventure story written 169 years ago. Sometime later I remember reading an interview in which Jarome said that The Count of Monte Cristo was his favourite book. I don't know if he had just read the copy I sold him for the first time or if he bought it to reread his favourite book, but I did feel it was exceptionally cool that our biggest sports hero named a 19th Century french novel as his favourite book.
I wish Iggy the best of luck in Pittsburgh and I'll pay tribute the best way a book snob like me can — by reading the book he loves! So why not check it out yourself?