Apr 21, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Calgary Flames forward Ben Hanowski (58) carries the puck during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames sign Ben Hanowski

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The Calgary Flames have signed forward Ben Hanowski to a one-year, two-way contract.

Hanowski was acquired by the Flames from the Pittsburgh Penguins in March during the trade that involved Jarome Iginla.

Despite his ups and downs during the 2013-14 campaign, Hanowski is confident that he learned a lot from his experiences and believes he has become a more consistent player. “There were some good times, and there were some rough patches,” Hanowski said. “In the American League, I had some stretches where I was really good for a month, and then there was a month where I really struggled and had to find my game back. But I think I learned a lot. I think I became a more consistent pro and found a routine that is going to help me this coming year and for years to come.”

Hanowski played 11 games with the Flames last season and had two assists. He also played 55 games with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. There he recorded 13 goals and 18 assists, spending 18 minutes in the penalty box.

“I’m definitely really happy to be back with the organization,” Hanowski said. “I’ve just been treated so well in Abbotsford this past season, and in Calgary, when I’ve been up. I think it’s an organization that’s going the right direction, and it’s got a good group of guys, and I just want to be part of the solution and moving it forward.”

Hanowski plans to spend the remainder of the offseason working on his skating, which he believes has been a problem since college. He’d like to become a more “fluid, efficient skater” and not waste so much effort on unnecessary strides.

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