"It is always an honor to be a part of the NHL All Star Game but unfortunately I have to decline this year," said Iginla. "I just lost my grandfather in the spring and I have learned that my grandmother is not doing very well. With the way the season goes I don't get too many opportunities to see her, and as much as I was looking forward to being in North Carolina for the All Star Game, I just know that my mind will be elsewhere."
"My grandparents were second parents during my childhood and have been major influences on my life," continued Iginla. "I have been blessed to have them. And so after talking it over with my family I thought it best that I use the break to spend some time with her while I am still able to do so. Thank you."
This was a very classy press release, giving voyeur fans enough information to satisfy our inevitable curiosity about a star player's personal life without disclosing too many details about a private family member's health condition.
Great role modeling by Iggy here. It's things like this that makes us at least a little split about the thought of Jarome Iginla and his personality leaving the Flames regardless of what the team's record and playoff prospects are.