One of Bob Hartley's first moves as head coach of the Calgary Flames was to pick up the phone and have a chat with Jarome Iginla.

Apparently, the Flames captain was impressed with what he heard.

Iginla wasn't available for comment immediately after Hartley was hired last week but issued a statement through the team Wednesday, saying he had a positive first impression of the new bench boss.

"His reputation and accomplishments are very impressive. He has had success at every level," Iginla said. "I've also heard good things about him from other players like Tangs (Alex Tanguay), who has played for him in the past. I have heard he is a very detailed and passionate coach.