Aaron Ward (ice hockey)
January 17, 1973 |
Windsor, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||5th overall, 1991
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. 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.
Ward announced his retirement from professional hockey after 13 NHL seasons on August 24, 2010.
Ward now serves as a hockey analyst and personality on TSN.
Trades and transactions
- June 9, 1991, Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1st round (5th overall) in 1991.
- June 11, 1993, Traded by the Winnipeg Jets along with a 4th round selection to the Detroit Red Wings for Paul Ysebaert.
- July 9, 2001, Traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Carolina Hurricanes for a future second round selection.
- July 3, 2006, Signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent.
- February 27, 2007, Traded by the New York Rangers to the Boston Bruins for Paul Mara.
- May 22, 2008, Signed a 2-year contract with the Boston Bruins.
- July 24, 2009, Traded by the Boston Bruins to the Carolina Hurricanes for winger Patrick Eaves and a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
- December 14, 2009, waived by the Carolina Hurricanes.
- March 3, 2010, traded by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Anaheim Ducks in a trade for Justin Pogge and a 2010 4th round pick.
Ward and his wife Kelly have three children.
Cuts for a Cause
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
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||60||3||10||13||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|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
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||1990-91|
- Shinzawa, Fluto (2009-07-24). "Bruins trade Ward to Carolina". Boston.com. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- "Hurricanes gets goalie help". ESPN. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- "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.
|Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick