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Avalanche Acquires Leopold, 2nd Round Pick From Calgary

Friday, 06.23.2006 / 10:00 PM MT / News
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Avalanche Acquires Leopold, 2nd Round Pick From Calgary
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold and a second-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft from the Calgary Flames in exchange for left wing Alex Tanguay.

The Avalanche will also receive a conditional second-round selection in either the 2007 or 2008 Entry Draft.

Leopold, 25, played in 74 games for the Flames last season, recording 20 points on two goals and 18 assists. He posted a +6 plus/minus rating and finished second on the team in average time on ice (22:19). He skated in all seven playoff games for the Flames, notching one assist.

"Jordan is a solid defenseman and a very good skater," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "He is a former Hobey Baker Award winner that has great playmaking abilities at both ends of the ice. He is only 25 years-old and has a bright future ahead of him."

"Moreover, we are hopeful that this year's second-round draft pick will become an Avalanche player in the near future," added Giguere.

Leopold represented the United States this past February at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he scored one goal in six games for Team USA. He has also represented the United States at the 1999 and 2000 World Juniors and at the 2002, '03 and '05 World Championships.

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (44th overall) in the 1999 Entry Draft, Leopold captured the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's most outstanding player as a senior at the University of Minnesota in 2001-02. He made his NHL debut with the Flames in 2002-03 and has compiled 15 goals and 52 assists in 214 career games.

"I'm excited," Leopold said in a conference call on Saturday evening. "I'm thrilled to join a great franchise like the Avalanche. It's a new, fresh start for me, so it's pretty neat."

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