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Penguins acquire forward Jarome Iginla

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in exchange for prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first-round draft pick.

Iginla, 35, joins the Penguins after spending his entire 16-year career with the Flames. The long-time Calgary captain has appeared in 31 games this season, tallying nine goals, 13 assists and 22 points.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Iginla is the fifth-leading scorer among all active NHL players with 1,095 points (525G-570A) in 1,219 career NHL games. Iginla’s 525 career goals place third among active players behind only Jaromir Jagr (679) and Teemu Selanne (671).

“He brings a lot of different elements, ability to play with good players, play in tough areas, good leadership,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero of Iginla. “He wants to win. He’ll accept any role that’s asked of him by coaches or teammates. From the people I’ve talked to that have played with him talk about what a great teammate and person he is. My expectation is that he’ll be a really good fit in terms of the team and the guys that we have.”

Iginla, who is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has an impressive collective of NHL awards including: one Art Ross Trophy (2001-02); one Lester B. Pearson Award (now Ted Lindsay Award – 2001-02); two ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophies (2003-04; 2001-02); one King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2003-04); and the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award (2008-09).

A seven-time NHL All-Star – including most recently last season when he led the Flames in goals (32) and points (67) – Iginla has been named a NHL First-Team All-Star three times (2008-09; 2007-08; 2001-02) and a Second-Team All-Star once (2003-04). He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1996-97.

Iginla, a two-time 50-goal scorer (2007-08; 2001-02), entered this season having reached the 30-goal mark in 11 straight seasons dating back to 2000-01. His best season came in 2007-08 when he recorded a career-best 98 points (50G-48A) in 82 games with Calgary.

During the 2003-04 season, Iginla led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final, where they fell in a seven-game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning. That spring, Iginla led all postseason scorers with 13 goals, while ranking third with 22 total points, in 26 games.

Iginla, who was acquired by the Flames from the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 1995 in exchange for Joe Nieuwendyk, has played in 54 career NHL playoff games, tallying 28 goals, 21 assists, 49 points and a plus-11 rating.

Iginla, who was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft, has starred for Team Canada on the international level several times – most recently at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when he played on a line with Sidney Crosby. Iginla led the 2010 Olympics with five goals, and he notched the assist on Crosby’s overtime goal that sealed the gold medal against Team USA.

Iginla also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and he played in the 2006 Winter Olympics. During the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, Iginla served as an alternate captain for Canada’s gold-medal winning team, where he played on a line with current Penguins owner Mario Lemieux.

Hanowski, a 22-year-old right wing, was the Penguins’ third-round pick in 2009. He just completed his senior year at St. Cloud State.

Agostino, 20, was the Pens’ fifth-round draft choice in 2010. He is currently a left wing at Yale.

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