Aaron Ward (ice hockey)

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Aaron Ward
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Born (1973-01-17) January 17, 1973 (age 41)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1991
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1993–2010

Aaron Christian Ward (born January 17, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and current hockey analyst on TSN. He won the Stanley Cup three times.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Ward moved with his family to Blackburn Hamlet, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa, as a youth. Ward played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League, before accepting a scholarship at the University of Michigan. After one season at Michigan, he was drafted fifth overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Before his playing days at Michigan were over, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, signing with the club in 1993. He was assigned to the Red Wings' affiliate Adirondack Red Wings for the 1993–94 season, where he spent the bulk of the next three seasons. He made his NHL debut in 1993–94, and scored the first goal at the Arrowhead Pond on October 8, 1993. Ward became a regular NHL player in the 1996–97 season.

Ward has played over 600 career NHL games and been a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, two while playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and one with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. In 2006, Ward scored the first goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals to help his team win the Cup. After the 2006 season, Ward became an unrestricted free agent and he signed with the New York Rangers. He joined fellow 2006 Cup winner Matt Cullen as a free agent signed by the Rangers. His tenure as a Ranger however was short-lived, as during the 2006–07 season among rumors of tension between him and then captain Jaromír Jágr, Ward found himself traded to the Boston Bruins. While with Boston, Ward added solid defense and much-needed veteran leadership. He was often paired with Zdeno Chara on Boston's top defensive partnership.

Prior to the 2009-10 season on July 24, 2009, Ward was re-acquired by Carolina in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves and a 4th round draft pick in 2010.[1] Ward surprisingly struggled in his return with the Hurricanes and on March 3, 2010, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Justin Pogge and a 4th round pick.[2]

Ward announced his retirement from professional hockey after 13 NHL seasons on August 24, 2010.[3]

Ward now serves as a hockey analyst and personality on The Sports Network (TSN).

Trades and transactions[edit]

Cuts for a Cause[edit]

In March 2008, Ward, in conjunction with the Toucher and Rich radio program (WBCN 104.1) created a head-shaving charity event called 'Cuts for a Cause'. Seven players from the Boston Bruins shaved their heads to raise money to benefit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Patrice Bergeron, Phil Kessel, Andrew Alberts, Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart and Dennis Wideman joined Ward in helping raise $25,000. A second 'Cuts for a Cause' event took place in April 2009 with the group raising $32,000 for the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Pediatric Oncology Unit.

Big Ten Analyst[edit]

In the spring of 2010, he was the NHL on Versus analyst for the Stanley Cup playoffs and since then joined the Big Ten Network as the hockey analyst.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Nepean Raiders CJAHL 54 1 14 15 40
1990–91 University of Michigan CCHA 46 8 11 19 126
1991–92 University of Michigan CCHA 42 7 12 19 64
1992–93 University of Michigan CCHA 30 5 8 13 73
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 58 4 12 16 87 9 2 6 8 6
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 4
1994–95 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 76 11 24 35 87 4 0 1 1 0
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 74 5 10 15 133 3 0 0 0 6
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 2 5 7 52 19 0 0 0 17
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 5 10 47
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 3 8 11 52 8 0 1 1 8
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 1 3 4 24 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 4 5 9 57
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 3 11 14 74 23 1 1 2 22
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 3 6 9 90
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 49 3 5 8 37
2004–05 Ingolstadt ERC DEL 8 0 3 3 16 11 1 1 2 16
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 6 19 25 62 25 2 3 5 18
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 10 13 57
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 20 1 2 3 18
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 8 13 54 6 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 65 3 7 10 44 11 1 0 1 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 1 10 11 54
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 0 2 2 8
NHL Totals (16 Seasons) 839 44 107 151 736 95 4 6 10 73
AHL Totals (3 Seasons) 208 20 46 66 307 16 2 7 9 12
College Totals (3 Seasons) 118 20 31 51 263

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1990-91

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (2009-07-24). "Bruins trade Ward to Carolina". Boston.com. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Hurricanes gets goalie help". ESPN. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Veteran defenceman Ward retires after 13 NHL seasons". The Sports Network. 2010-08-24. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Keith Tkachuk
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
Sergei Bautin