The National Hockey League sounds great.

However, Kenny Agostino isn't ready to leave the Ivy League quite yet.

The 20-year-old forward has informed the Calgary Flames that he's returning to Yale to spend one more winter with the reigning NCAA champion Bulldogs and — just as important — to complete his political science degree at the historic university.

“It was a tough decision. It's a big decision. I went back and forth for a while, looking at both sides of it,” Agostino said. “Ultimately, after talking with my family, I realized I worked extremely hard at school. I might not be the smartest guy, but I worked really hard the last three years to put myself in this position to be one year away from getting that diploma, and I would really like to see that through.”

For that reason, he told the Flames, 'See ya next year.'

“They were really great about it and were really supportive of my decision, which was great to hear,” Agostino said. “I really care a lot about getting my Yale degree and another year of Yale hockey will be great.

“I'm really excited to join the organization next springtime.”

Agostino was one of two collegiate prospects acquired by the Flames in the swap that sent longtime captain and all-time franchise scoring leader Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 6-foot-1, 200 lb. forward racked up 17 goals and 41 points in 37 outings in his junior season at Yale, helping the Bulldogs to their first NCAA men's hockey title.

Ben Hanowski, the other prospect acquired in the Iginla deal, made his Flames debut in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Saddledome, even scoring his first big-league goal.

“I hope I get to do that next year,” Agostino said. “Right now, it's important for me to enjoy what's happened this season and then start working for next season.”