Cam Ward

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Cam Ward
Cam Ward.jpg
Born (1984-02-29) February 29, 1984 (age 30)
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2002
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2004–present

Cameron Kenneth Ward (born February 29, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta. During his three-year junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he was selected 25th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After a season with the Hurricanes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters, he won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006. He became the first starting goaltender to win the NHL championship as a rookie since Patrick Roy in 1986.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ward spent his junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. After appearing in one game for the Rebels in 2000–01, Ward played three full seasons with the team from 20012004, leading them to the WHL finals twice. Ward was drafted 25th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Upon graduating from the WHL, Ward signed a multi-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on May 13, 2004. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he was assigned to Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters, for the season.

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

Joining the Hurricanes for the 2005–06 NHL season, Ward largely served in a backup role to Swiss goalie Martin Gerber during the regular season. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, replacing Gerber after the starter injured his hamstring. He saved 10 of 11 shots in the third period, as the Hurricanes lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[2] He made his first NHL start the following game two days later in the club's home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ward turned aside Mario Lemieux, Žigmund Pálffy, and Sidney Crosby, in a shootout, as the Hurricanes won 3–2.[3] Ward completed his NHL rookie season with 14 wins and 8 losses, along with a 3.68 goals against average.

In the opening round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Hurricanes faced a two-win deficit against the Montreal Canadiens. With Gerber struggling in the series, Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette turned to Ward. The goaltending switch prompted Carolina to a series comeback, advancing to the second round against the New Jersey Devils, where he played opposite his personal hero, Martin Brodeur.[4] After eliminating the Devils, the Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres in seven games. Facing the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, he helped the Hurricanes to the franchise's first Stanley Cup. In doing so, he became the first rookie goaltender to lead his team to the Stanley Cup as a starter since Patrick Roy in 1986.[1] Against Edmonton, he also became the first rookie goaltender to both play and record a shutout in the Finals since Roy. He tied the rookie record for wins in the playoffs (15), previously held by Roy and Ron Hextall, and became the first rookie goalie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy since Hextall in 1987.[5]

Ward in net next to defenceman Frantisek Kaberle in 2008

After his heroics in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ward became the Hurricanes starting goaltender for the 2006–07 season. He recorded season stats of 30-21-6 and 37-25-5 in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns, respectively. The Hurricanes would miss the playoffs both years. However, the Hurricanes would reach the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2008-09 NHL Season before bowing out to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Ward went 8-10 with a 2.67 GAA during the playoffs.

Ward and the Hurricanes struggled to begin the 2009-10 NHL Season, as Ward went 2-9-3 to start the campaign. On November 8, 2009, in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ward was injured when he was cut on the leg by the skate of opposing forward Rick Nash. As Ward was helped into the dressing room, he left a trail of blood on the ice. After returning, he finished the season with an 18-23-5 record, a 2.69 GAA and .916 save percentage as the Hurricanes failed to qualify for the postseason.

Ward was the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game Fantasy Draft, selected by All-Star Game captain, Eric Staal.

He was credited with an empty-net goal against the New Jersey Devils on December 26, 2011 when a misplaced pass from Ilya Kovalchuk found its way into the empty goal after a rebound from Ward. He is the tenth goalie in NHL history to do this.[6]

International play[edit]

Cam Ward WC2008.jpg
Ward at the 2008 World Championships
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Gold 2007 World Championships
Silver 2008 World Championships

Ward's performance in his NHL rookie season earned him consideration on a shortlist of 81 candidates to play for Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics.[7] He was one of nine goalies selected, however he was not named to the Canadian squad. Ward was also part of the Summer Camp Roster for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but did not make the final roster cut.[8]

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4-2 win against Finland in Moscow and a member of the 2008 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won silver in a 4-5 game against Russia in Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Born in St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ward is the second child of Ken and Laurel Ward.[citation needed] He grew up in Saskatoon and Sherwood Park, spending his adolescent years in the latter.[citation needed] He attended Jr High at FR Haythorne and high school at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park, until he graduated.[9][10]

Ward is a fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[11] On March 25, 2007 Ward shaved his head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.[12]

Ward is extremely active in charity work and community service.[citation needed] He often donates his private box in the PNC Arena to families with children that have special needs and makes very personable visits to hospitals in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area.[citation needed]

Ward and his wife Cody have a son, Nolan Kennedy Ward, who was born on November 24, 2010 and a daughter, Nyla Everleigh Ward, born January 8, 2013.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 46 30 11 4 2694 102 1 2.27 .911 23 14 9 1502 53 2 2.11 .920
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 57 40 13 3 3368 118 5 2.10 .920 23 14 9 1407 49 3 2.08 .919
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 56 31 16 8 3338 114 4 2.05 .926 19 10 9 1200 37 3 1.85 .945
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 50 27 17 3 2829 94 6 1.99 .937 11 5 6 664 28 2 2.53 .918
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 2 0 2 0 118 5 0 2.54 .915
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 28 14 8 2 1484 91 0 3.68 .882 23 15 8 1320 47 2 2.14 .920
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 30 21 6 3422 167 2 2.93 .897
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 37 25 5 3930 180 4 2.75 .904
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 39 23 5 3928 160 6 2.44 .916 18 8 10 1101 49 2 2.67 .915
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 47 18 23 5 2651 119 0 2.69 .916
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 37 26 10 4318 184 4 2.56 .923
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 30 23 13 3988 182 5 2.74 .915
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 9 6 1 929 44 0 2.84 .908
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 30 10 12 6 1645 84 0 3.06 .898
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 2 1 1 0 119 4 0 2.02 .937
NHL totals 461 224 167 53 26296 1211 21 2.76 .910 41 23 18 2421 96 4 2.38 .917

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007 Canada WC 5 5 0 0 300 11 0 2.20 .915
2008 Canada WC 5 4 1 0 302 13 0 2.58 .900
2012 Canada WC 6 4 2 0 360 17 0 2.83 .906
Senior Int'l totals 16 13 3 0 964 41 0 2.55 .907

Awards and achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Shane (2006-08-23). "Warm welcome home for Ward". Retrieved 2006-08-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning scoresheet, accessed 2006-08-23
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes game recap". 2005-10-07. Retrieved 2006-08-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Hurricanes down Devils, will face Sabres in Eastern finals". Associated Press. 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Ward wins Conn Smythe Trophy". Canadian Press. 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-08-26. [dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2011020522
  7. ^ "Rookies, vets on Team Canada's long Olympic list". CBC News. 2005-10-19. Retrieved 2006-08-23. 
  8. ^ The Star (Toronto) http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/685589--canadian-olympic-men-s-hockey-s-orientation-camp-roster |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ Wolfe, Cory (2006-06-24). "Dream weaver: Cam Ward's dreams of raising Stanley Cup took root in Saskatoon". Retrieved 2006-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Ward is Bowled Over by the Cup". July 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-26. [dead link]
  11. ^ Huntington, Jonathan (2006-06-26). "Stadium name has fans angry: Riders faithful just don't like 'Mosaic Stadium'". Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  12. ^ "Hockey Star Glad to be Bald". 2007-03-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h hurricanes's player profile at TSN.ca

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Preceded by
Dan Blackburn
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2002
Succeeded by
Josh Harding
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Josh Harding
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Jeff Glass
Preceded by
Josh Harding
Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Eric Fehr
Preceded by
Brad Richards
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Scott Niedermayer
Preceded by
Igor Knyazev
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Eric Staal