Just two and a half years after being acquired by Calgary Flames as part of the Jarome Iginla trade, 24-year-old forward Ben Hanowski has moved on from that franchise and the NHL.
Hanowski has signed with the Augsburger Panther of Germany’s top league, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, according to the team’s website. It will be his first professional campaign in Europe after recording 16 goals and 21 points in 56 contests with AHL Adirondack last season.
A product of St. Cloud State where he recorded 40 goals and 74 points in 76 contests over his final two campaigns, Hanowski was originally taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 63rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After Pittsburgh sent him to Calgary, Hanowski went on to participate in 16 games with the Flames over parts of two seasons.
His stock with the Flames fell though to the point where they didn’t present him with a qualifying offer this summer. As a result, Hanowski was an unrestricted free agent prior to this signing.