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Position Goaltender
Catches left
Nickname(s) Ward
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team Carolina Hurricanes
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 29 1984 (1984-02-29) (age 25),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2002
Carolina Hurricanes
Pro Career 2004 – present

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 campaign, becoming the first goalie to do so since Hall of Famer Patrick Roy in 1986.

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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. 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.

His performance gradually began to slow down, and he finished with a 14-8 record and a 3.68 GAA.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO Goals against average (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

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

External links

  • Cam Ward's NHL player profile
  • Cam Ward's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Red Deer Jets
This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Cam Ward. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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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