Lance Ward

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Lance Ward
Born (1978-06-02) June 2, 1978 (age 36)
Lloydminster, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Florida Panthers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
HV71 Jönköping
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1996
New Jersey Devils
63rd overall, 1998
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1998–2011

Lance Ward (born June 2, 1978 in Lloydminster, Alberta) is an inactive Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He holds the current Elitserien record for most penalty minutes during one season.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ward was originally drafted 10th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, but he re-entered the draft and was selected 63rd overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Ward has played 209 career NHL games, scoring 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points, and 391 penalty minutes. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Ward did not play.

Ward signed a one-year contract on June 5, 2006, with the Swedish Elitserien club HV71 from Jönköping.[2] On February 20, 2007, in a game against Färjestads BK, Ward broke both HV71's club record and the Elitserien record for most penalty minutes in one season when he checked one player into the boards and seconds later speared another in front of the crease. The sequence ended with Ward being penalized with 7 minutes plus game misconduct (adding another 20 minutes).[3]

During the off-season 2007–08, Ward turned down a contract extension from HV71 to instead sign a two-year deal with the Austrian club Graz 99ers. In June, 2007, Graz revoked the contract and stated they will not pay Ward the amount settled in the signing.[4] Ward returned to Sweden and re-signed with HV71 for another year.[5]

After winning the Elitserien playoff finals with HV71 in 2008, Ward signed with the German DEL team Frankfurt Lions.[6] After one season with Frankfurt, he signed a two-year contract to return to HV71 in 2009.[7]

Awards[edit]

  • Swedish Champion with HV71 in 2008.
  • Swedish Champion with HV71 in 2010.

Records[edit]

  • Elitserien record for penalty minutes (273) 2007
  • Elitserien record for penalty minutes (212) 2008

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Red Deer Rebels WHL 28 0 0 0 29
1995–96 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 4 13 17 127 10 0 4 4 10
1996–97 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 5 34 39 229 16 0 3 3 36
1997–98 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 25 33 233 5 0 0 0 16
1998–99 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 13 0 2 2 28
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 43 2 5 7 51
1998–99 Miami Matadors ECHL 6 1 0 1 12
1999–00 Louisville Panthers AHL 4 0 0 0 6
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 30 0 2 2 45
2000–01 Louisville Panthers AHL 35 3 2 5 78
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 68 1 4 5 131
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 36 3 1 4 78
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 29 0 1 1 43
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 46 0 4 4 94
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 5 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Binghamton Senators AHL 80 3 20 23 278
2006–07 HV71 SEL 50 6 4 10 273 14 0 0 0 47
2007–08 HV71 SEL 52 0 7 7 212 16 0 0 0 66
2008–09 Frankfurt Lions DEL 41 1 2 3 86 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 HV71 SEL 30 0 3 3 73 9 0 0 0 10
2010–11 HV71 SEL 11 0 0 0 22 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 209 4 12 16 391
SEL totals 143 6 14 20 580 39 0 0 0 123

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lance Ward". Elite Prospects. www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ Gustafsson, Daniel (2006-06-05). "NHL-meriterad back till HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Retrieved 2006-06-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Lance Ward historisk buse". Hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  4. ^ Ros, Tomas; Abrahamsson, Hans (2007-06-05). "Busen letar ny klubb i Sverige". Aftonbladet.se (in Swedish) (Aftonbladet). Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  5. ^ Gustafsson, Daniel (2006-06-05). "Publikfavoriten Ward stannar i HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Lance Ward lämnar HV". DN.se (in Swedish) (Dagens Nyheter). 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  7. ^ Wengel, Daniel (2009-01-16). "Lance Ward tillbaka i HV71". HV71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 

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Preceded by
Petr Sýkora
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Jean-François Damphousse