Ryan Ward

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Ryan Ward
— Lacrosse player —
Ryan Ward.jpg
Born (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980 (age 34)
Victoria, BC, CAN
Position Forward
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 185 pounds (84 kg)
Former NCAA team Butler University
Former NLL teams Edmonton Rush
Minnesota Swarm
Philadelphia Wings
Former MLL teams Rochester Rattlers
Nationality Canada
NLL Draft 3rd overall, 2003
Philadelphia Wings
Pro career 20042014
Shoots Right
Nickname Wardo

Ryan Ward (born September 26, 1980 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a lacrosse player for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League. He was a free agent signee, formerly of the Edmonton Rush, with the Wings in 2013.

Ward is a two-time Mann Cup winner (in 2003 and 2005) with the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association. In 2003, he was awarded the Western Lacrosse Association MVP award. Ward was also a junior high Physical Education teacher in Owatonna, Minnesota. He is also the founder of Twin Cities Lacrosse.

Beginning and overview[edit]

Ward has been playing lacrosse since the age of three. For the last 25 years, he has played in top indoor and outdoor leagues across North America. He has spent most of his free time coaching youth lacrosse camps and clinics throughout the Twin Cities. Ward currently resides in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He is also the Varsity Head Coach of the Eden Prairie High School lacrosse team.

College career[edit]

Ward is a graduate of Butler University. As a senior, he was named Team Captain, and still holds the school record for assists.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Ward was selected by the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse as a first-round selection (2nd overall) in the 2004 MLL Collegiate Draft.[1] He played one season in the league.

The Philadelphia Wings drafted Ward in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2003 NLL Entry Draft.[2] As a rookie, he was awarded Rookie of the Week honors in week 8 of the season and named to the 2004 NLL All-Rookie Team. During the 2005 NLL season, Ward was traded to the Minnesota Swarm. In the 2006 NLL season, he was awarded Offensive Player of the Week honors in week 12 for his ten-point game against the Portland LumberJax, and helped lead the Swarm to their first playoff appearance.[2] In 2007, he was elected to his first National Lacrosse League All-Star Game and again helped lead his team back to the playoffs. In 2008, Ward was again named to the All-Star team, replacing the injured Casey Powell.[3]

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
2004 Philadelphia 13 18 19 37 45 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 Philadelphia 5 5 2 7 23 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 Minnesota 11 19 25 44 53 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 Minnesota 16 19 47 66 37 16 1 2 3 5 3 0
2007 Minnesota 15 23 52 75 44 6 1 1 0 1 2 0
2008 Minnesota 16 33 36 69 56 10 1 0 3 3 1 0
2009 Minnesota 15 20 36 56 58 4 -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 Edmonton 16 31 43 74 33 2 2 3 12 15 7 0
2011 Edmonton 16 25 33 58 33 4 -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 Edmonton 16 19 38 57 38 4 3 10 11 21 4 0
2013 Edmonton 16 21 54 75 29 6 1 0 3 3 2 0
NLL Totals 155 233 385 618 449 56 9 16 32 48 19 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ryan Ward's Twin Cities Lacrosse". tc-lax.com. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Ward Minnesota Swarm Player Bio". MNSwarm.com. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ "All-Star Weekend: Roster Updates". NLL.com. March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-15.