Leopold to play in World Cup of Hockey

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames locked up one of the
key components of their Stanley Cup run Wednesday, re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Jordan Leopold to a one-year,
$950,000 contract.

Leopold, 24, had a career-high nine goals and 24 assists with
Calgary last season. The 6-foot-1 defenseman added 10 assists in 26
playoff games to help lead the Flames to their first Stanley Cup finals
appearance since 1989.

His solid season earned him a spot on the American team at the
upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

"Jordan is a good young defenseman who we expect to continue to
develop and improve his game," said Flames coach Darryl Sutter.
"With his age and ability, he is a strong fit for our

Leopold was acquired from Anaheim in 2000 after the Ducks
selected him 44th overall in the 1999 draft. He has 13 goals and 34
assists in 140 career games, all with Calgary.