Catherine Ward

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Catherine Ward
Catherine Ward.jpg
Born (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 27)
Mount Royal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
CIS
Hockey East team
McGill (2006–10)
Boston University (2010–11)
National team  Canada
Playing career 2009–present

Catherine Ward (born February 27, 1987) is a member of the Canada women's national ice hockey team. She was also a member of the 2008–09 McGill Martlets women's hockey season, which won a Canadian Interuniversity Sport title. She was drafted 7th overall by the Montreal Stars in the 2011 CWHL Draft.[1]

Ward established herself as one of Canada's stars on the blue line playing for the Canadian U22 team and for the 2009 Women's World Championship team and the 2010 Olympic gold medal winning team. While with Martlets at McGill University, Ward set a QSSF record for points by a defenseman, and in 2007 became the first Martlet to earn the CIS rookie-of-the-year honour since the inception of the award in 2001. She set new McGill single-season marks for most goals, assists and points in her varsity debut, finishing second among CIS defensemen with 22 points despite playing in only 16 conference games. She was a three-time CIS All-Canadian Defender and in 2009 won the CIS Women's Hockey Championship's MVP award. Ward also played one season in the NCAA as a Boston University Terrier, and was a 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee, Second Team All-American, NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team member, and a New England Women's Division I All-Star selection.

Playing career[edit]

Ward played with Sarah Vaillancourt on Team Quebec at the 2003 Canada Winter Games.[2] Ward would win silver at those Games. She played also for Montreal Axion in the National Women's Hockey League.

McGill Martlets[edit]

During the 2008–09, Ward set a QSSF record for points (25) by a defenseman, beating her own record (22) that she had set in 2006–07.[3] In 2007, she was the first Martlet to earn CIS rookie-of-the-year honours since the inception of the award in 2001. She was one of three Martlets in three years to be named as the top rookie in CIS women’s hockey. This marked the first time in CIS history that players from the same school in a team sport were honoured as the nation’s best freshman for three consecutive years. Ann-Sophie Bettez and Marie-Andree Leclerc-Auger received the award in 2007–08 and 2008–09.[4] She set new McGill single-season marks for most goals, assists and points in her varsity debut, finishing second among CIS defencemen with 22 points despite playing in only 16 conference games.[5]

Hockey Canada[edit]

In 2007, she played for the Canadian Under-22 team on two occasions. She was a member of the European Air Canada Cup in Ravensburg, Germany, in January. She followed the victory by winning a three-game exhibition series against the USA in Ottawa, in August. In 2009, Ward, and McGill teammate Charline Labonté represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF women's world hockey championship. By claiming the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, Ward (along with Marie-Philip Poulin) became the sixth and seventh members of the (not yet recognized by the IIHF) Triple Gold Club for Women (having won gold in the Olympic Games, the IIHF World Championships, and the Clarkson Cup). She was named to 2014 Olympic roster for Canada.[6]

Boston University Terriers[edit]

Ward has been described as an explosive skater and a stylish playmaker.[7] She helped the team secure a first place finish in Hockey East with a 15–3–3 conference record and a remarkable 25–5–4 overall record. Ward has also recently been recognized as the Best Defenceman in Hockey East[8] At season's end, Catherine Ward was the first ever Terrier to be named an All-American, as she was selected for the second team.[9]

Career stats[edit]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Event Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
2009 Women's World Championships 5 0 4 4[10] 2
2010 Olympics 5 1 3 4 4

Awards and honors[edit]

CIS[edit]

  • McGill Athlete of the Week: Sep 29, 08 – Oct 5, 08 [11]
  • McGill Most outstanding defenceman award 2009
  • Won silver with Canada Under 22 team at the 2009 MLP Nations Cup in Germany[11]
  • CIS Rookie of the Year (Tissot Award), 2007[4]
  • CIS First Team All-Canadian 2007, Defence
  • CIS First Team All-Canadian 2008, Defence
  • CIS First Team All-Canadian 2009, Defence

[12]

  • CIS Women's Hockey Championship, Most Valuable Player, 2009[13]
  • QSSF Rookie of the Year, 2007

NCAA[edit]

  • 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee[14]
  • 2011 Second Team All-American
  • 2011 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team[15]
  • 2011 New England Women's Division I All-Star selection[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 172, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  3. ^ "The Official Website of Hockey Canada". Hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ "Canada names women’s Olympic hockey team | OlympicTalk". Olympictalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Catherine Ward makes most of Hockey East run | Boston Herald". News.bostonherald.com. March 5, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Young, Alex. "Terrier Icewomen Continue Quest for National Title | BU Today | Boston University". Bu.edu. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ward Named AHCA Second Team All-American – Official Website of the Boston University Department of Athletics". Goterriers.com. March 17, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.22, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  11. ^ a b [4][dead link]
  12. ^ [5][dead link]
  13. ^ [6][dead link]
  14. ^ "WCHA Press Releases". WCHA.com. February 21, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "No. 3 Terriers Fall to No. 1 Wisconsin, 4–1, in National Championship Game – Official Website of the Boston University Department of Athletics". Goterriers.com. March 20, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Poulin, Wakefield, Ward Named New England Division I All-Stars – Official Website of the Boston University Department of Athletics". Goterriers.com. March 30, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014.