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Born February 29, 1984 (1984-02-29) (age 25),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches left
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2002
Carolina Hurricanes
Career 2004 – present
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Cameron Ward (born February 29, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He cites Sherwood Park, Alberta as his hometown; however, he was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He won the Stanley Cup in his 2006 rookie season, becoming the first goalie to do so since Hall of Famer Patrick Roy in 1986.[1]

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Playing career

Minor leagues

Ward was drafted 25th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After appearing in one game in the Western Hockey League in 2000–01, Ward played three full seasons with the Red Deer Rebels from 20012004, leading the Rebels to the WHL finals twice. Upon graduating from the WHL, Ward moved on to play two seasons with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).

NHL

On May 13, 2004, Ward signed a multi-year contract with the Hurricanes. In the 2005–06 NHL season, Ward largely served in a backup role to Swiss goalie Martin Gerber. Ward's first game came on the season opener on October 5, 2005, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gerber injured his hamstring, and Ward was called in to take his place; he saved 10 of 11 shots in a 5-2 loss.[2] His second game came two days later in the home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It eventually resulted in a shootout where Ward turned aside Mario Lemieux, Žigmund Pálffy, and Sidney Crosby, leading the Hurricanes to a 3-2 win. He earned immediate praise for his performance.[3] His excellent performance in his rookie season earned him consideration on a shortlist of 81 candidates to play for Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics.[4] He was one of nine goalies selected, however he was not named to the Canadian squad. His performance gradually began to slow down, and he finished with a 14-8 record and a 3.68 GAA.

After his heroics in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ward was named the Hurricanes starting goaltender. He recorded season stats of 30-21-6 and 37-25-5 in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns, respectively. The Hurricanes would miss the playoffs both years. However, the Hurricanes would reach the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2008-09 NHL Season before bowing out to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Ward went 8-10 with a 2.67 GAA during the playoffs.

Ward and the Hurricanes struggled to begin the 2009-10 NHL Season, as Ward went 2-9-3 to start the campaign. On November 8 in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ward was injured when he was cut on the leg by the skate of opposing forward Rick Nash. As Ward was helped into the dressing room, a small trail of blood was visible on the ice. He is expected to miss at least four weeks.

2005–06 Stanley Cup Playoffs

In the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Hurricanes found themselves in a two game deficit in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens. Martin Gerber struggled in the series, which prompted Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette to turn to Ward. Ward quickly stifled the Montreal offense, and helped to carry his team to the next round against the New Jersey Devils, where he defeated his personal hero Martin Brodeur.[5] After beating the Devils, the Hurricanes played the Buffalo Sabres, who had their own rookie goalie sensation, Ryan Miller; Carolina won in seven games.

On June 5, 2006, Chris Pronger scored on a penalty shot against Ward in the Stanley Cup Final, marking the first successful penalty shot in the Finals' history.[6] Nonetheless, Ward went on to win the game, turning away 34 shots on goal. He eventually won the Stanley Cup, becoming the first rookie goaltender to do so since Patrick Roy.[1]

On the road to the 2006 Stanley Cup, Ward set several milestones- all of which were last achieved by Roy in 1986. He became the first rookie goalie in 20 years to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Finals, the first rookie in 20 years to start a game in the Finals, and one of eleven rookies to record a shutout in the Finals. He tied the rookie record for wins in the playoffs (15), previously held by only Roy and Ron Hextall, and became the first rookie goalie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy since Hextall in 1987.[7]

The victory ended up being bittersweet for Ward and those close to him, though. He, alongside Fort Saskatchewan natives Ray Whitney and Mike Commodore, ended up winning the Stanley Cup by defeating the Edmonton Oilers - their childhood team.[1]

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4-2 win against Finland in Moscow and a member of the 2008 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won silver in a 4-5 game against Russia in Canada.

Personal life

Born in St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ward is the second child of Ken and Laurel Ward. He is the middle child of his family, between Chelsea, his younger sister, and Kendra, his older sister. He grew up in Saskatoon and Sherwood Park, spending his adolescent years in the latter. When the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup, an article in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix acknowledged Ward's early years in Saskatoon growing up in Lakeridge, a neighborhood in the city's southeast corner where he lived until moving to Sherwood Park when he was 10 years old. He attended Jr High at FR Haythorne and high school at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park, until he graduated.[8][9]

Ward owns a Rec Hockey team in Red Deer Alberta, The Red Deer Jets, don Winnipeg Jet jerseys, with name bars of former Jet players. They regularly donate money to the Special Olympics. There is also a Red Deer Jets patch on the back of Ward's helmet.

Ward is a fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[10] On March 25, 2007 Ward shaved his head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.[11]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 1 0 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 46 30 11 4 0 2694 102 1 2.27 .911
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 57 40 13 3 0 3368 118 5 2.10 .920
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 56 31 16 8 0 3338 114 4 2.05 .926
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 50 27 17 3 0 2829 94 6 1.99 .937
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 2 0 2 0 0 118 5 0 2.54 .915
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 28 14 8 0 2 1484 91 0 3.68 .882
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 30 21 0 6 3422 167 2 2.93 .897
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 37 25 0 5 3930 180 4 2.75 .904
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 39 23 0 5 3928 160 6 2.44 .916
NHL totals 225 120 77 0 18 12764 598 12 2.81 .903

Playoffs

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 23 14 9 1502 53 2 2.11 .920
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 23 14 9 1407 49 3 2.08 .919
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 19 10 9 1200 37 3 1.85 .945
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 11 5 6 664 28 2 2.53 .918
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 15 8 1320 47 2 2.14 .920
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 18 8 10 1101 49 2 2.67 .915
NHL totals 41 23 18 2421 96 4 2.38 .917

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 2007 World Championships Ice hockey
Silver 2008 World Championships Ice hockey

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007 WC 5 5 0 0 300 11 0 2.20 .915
2008 WC 5 4 1 0 302 13 0 2.58 .900
Senior Int'l totals 10 9 1 0 602 24 0 2.39 .908

References

  1. ^ a b c Jones, Shane (2006-08-23). "Warm welcome home for Ward". http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/story.php?id=250030. Retrieved 2006-08-23.  
  2. ^ Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning scoresheet, accessed 2006-08-23
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes game recap". 2005-10-07. http://www.nhl.com/scores/recaps/21_2_recap.html. Retrieved 2006-08-23.  
  4. ^ "Rookies, vets on Team Canada's long Olympic list". 2005-10-19. http://www.cbc.ca/story/sports/national/2005/10/19/Sports/cdahockey_olympiclist051019.html. Retrieved 2006-08-23.  
  5. ^ "Hurricanes down Devils, will face Sabres in Eastern finals". Associated Press. 2006-05-14. http://sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20060514_NJ@CAR. Retrieved 2006-08-26.  
  6. ^ Chris Pronger NHL profile
  7. ^ "Ward wins Conn Smythe Trophy". Canadian Press. 2006-08-19. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=169213&hubname=nhl. Retrieved 2006-08-26.  
  8. ^ Wolfe, Cory (2006-06-24). "Dream weaver: Cam Ward's dreams of raising Stanley Cup took root in Saskatoon". http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/sports/story.html?id=a2b29c97-189f-41c0-8e38-56135fa45dfc&k=82093. Retrieved 2006-08-23.  
  9. ^ "Ward is Bowled Over by the Cup". July 2006. http://www.nhl.com/cup/scj06/scj23.html. Retrieved 2007-08-26.  
  10. ^ Huntington, Jonathan (2006-06-26). "Stadium name has fans angry: Riders faithful just don't like 'Mosaic Stadium'". http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Saskatchewan/2006/06/26/1653869-sun.html. Retrieved 2007-01-09.  
  11. ^ "Hockey Star Glad to be Bald". 2007-03-29. http://www.stbaldricks.org/about_us/news_media.html?NewsMediaID=650. Retrieved 2007-08-26.  
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h hurricanes at TSN.ca

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Preceded by
Dan Blackburn
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2002
Succeeded by
Josh Harding
Preceded by
Josh Harding
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Jeff Glass
Preceded by
Josh Harding
Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Eric Fehr
Preceded by
Brad Richards
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Scott Niedermayer







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