February 27, 1987 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
Hockey East team
Boston University (2010-11)
|Women's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|IIHF World Women's Championships|
|Gold||2012 United States||Tournament|
|MLP Nations Cup|
|Gold||2007 Germany||2007 Tournament|
|Gold||2008 Germany||2008 Tournament|
|Gold||2009 Germany||2009 Tournament|
Catherine Ward (born February 27, 1987, in Montreal, Quebec) 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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).
Boston University Terriers
Ward has been described as an explosive skater and a stylish playmaker. 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 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.
|2009 Women's World Championships||5||0||4||4||2|
Awards and honors
- McGill Athlete of the Week: Sep 29, 08 – Oct 05, 08 
- McGill Most outstanding defenceman award 2009
- Won silver with Canada Under 22 team at the 2009 MLP Nations Cup in Germany
- CIS Rookie of the Year (Tissot Award), 2007
- CIS First Team All-Canadian 2007, Defence
- CIS First Team All-Canadian 2008, Defence
- CIS First Team All-Canadian 2009, Defence
- CIS Women's Hockey Championship, Most Valuable Player, 2009
- QSSF Rookie of the Year, 2007
- 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee
- 2011 Second Team All-American
- 2011 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team
- 2011 New England Women's Division I All-Star selection
- Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 172, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
- Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.22, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6