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Iginla ready to lead NHL's future

Updated: May 26, 2004, 9:15 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The face of hockey, at least in terms of public perception in the United States, is not always pretty.

A toothless, nameless white Canadian is a favorite caricature of the sport. So, too, is the helmeted, shielded, faceless and bland European.

Sometimes -- the Todd Bertuzzi affair being a recent example -- the face is downright ugly.

Jarome Iginla seems poised to change some of that. It's not just because he has shined as the leading on-ice force for the Calgary ...

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