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Born January 17, 1973 (1973-01-17) (age 37),
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1991
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1993 – present

Aaron Ward (born January 17, 1973) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. He has won the Stanley Cup three times.

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Playing career

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Ward moved with his family to Blackburn Hamlet, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa, as a youth. Ward played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League, before accepting a scholarship at the University of Michigan. After one season at Michigan, he was drafted fifth-overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Before his playing days at Michigan was over, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, signing with the club in 1993. He was assigned to the Red Wings' affiliate Adirondack Red Wings for the 1993-94 season, where he spent the bulk of the next three seasons. He made his NHL debut in 1993-94, but only became a regular NHL player in the 1996-97 season. Although in his debut in 1993-94, he scored the first goal at the Arrowhead Pond on October 8, 1993.

Since 1993-94, Ward has played over 600 career NHL games and been a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, two while playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and one with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. In 2006, Ward scored the first goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals to help his team win the Cup. After the 2006 season, Ward became an unrestricted free agent and he signed with the New York Rangers. He joined fellow 2006 Cup winner Matt Cullen as a free agent signed by the Rangers. His tenure as a Ranger however was short-lived, during the 2006-07 season among rumors of tension between him and then captain Jaromír Jágr, Ward found himself traded to the Boston Bruins. While with Boston, Ward added solid defense and much-needed veteran leadership. He was often paired up with Zdeno Chara on Boston's top defensive pair. During the 2009 offseason,Carolina re-acquired Ward from Boston in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves and a 4th round draft pick in 2010.

On March 3, 2010, he was traded to Anaheim for Justin Pogge and a 4th round pick.

Trades and transactions

Personal life

Ward and his wife Kelly have three children, a son Liam, and two daughters Libby and Phoebe Grace, who was born on Monday, March 23, 2009.[citation needed]

Cuts for a Cause

In March 2008, Ward, in conjunction with the Toucher and Rich radio program (WBCN 104.1) created a head-shaving charity event called 'Cuts for a Cause'. Seven players from the Boston Bruins shaved their heads to raise money to benefit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Patrice Bergeron, Phil Kessel, Andrew Alberts, Milan Lučić, Mark Stuart and Dennis Wideman joined Ward in helping raise $25,000. A second 'Cuts for a Cause' event took place in April 2009 with the group raising $32,000 for the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Pediatric Oncology Unit. This year a total of thirteen members of the Bruins roster participated in the head shaving contest, as well as on-air personalities Fred Toucher and Adolfo "baby" Gonzalez.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Nepean Raiders CJAHL 54 1 14 15 40
1990–91 University of Michigan NCAA 46 8 11 19 126
1991–92 University of Michigan NCAA 42 7 12 19 64
1992–93 University of Michigan NCAA 30 5 8 13 73
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 58 4 12 16 87 9 2 6 8 6
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 4
1994–95 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 76 11 24 35 87 4 0 1 1 0
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 74 5 10 15 133 3 0 0 0 6
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 2 5 7 52 19 0 0 0 17
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 5 10 47
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 3 8 11 52 8 0 1 1 8
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 1 3 4 24 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 4 5 9 57
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 3 11 14 74 23 1 1 2 22
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 3 6 9 90
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 49 3 5 8 37
2004–05 Ingolstadt ERC DEL 8 0 3 3 16 11 1 1 2 16
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 6 19 25 62 25 2 3 5 18
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 10 13 57
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 20 1 2 3 18
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 8 13 54 6 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 65 3 7 10 44 11 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 762 43 95 138 674 95 4 6 10 73

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