Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aaron Ward
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Aaron Ward played three seasons in Ann Arbour before making his professional debut during the 1993-94 season. Selected in the first round, 5th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Following his years at the University of Michigan, Ward had brief stint with Canada's National Team and in the summer of 1993 had his rights traded to the Detroit Red Wings. After three full seasons of playing with the Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL, Ward finally cracked the Detroit lineup in 1996. Known as a defensive defenceman, Ward was a mainstay on the Red Wing defence for five years and has a pair of Stanley Cup rings from 1997 and 1998.

After eight seasons in the Red Wing organization, Ward signed as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2001 and became one of the team's more durable defenceman. In 2001-02, Ward was key contributor in helping the Hurricanes reach their first ever Stanley Cup final. Despite their best efforts, Ward and the Canes fell short in their attempt to capture Lord Stanley's Cup against a talented Detroit Red Wing team.

In 2005-06 Aaron Ward competed in all 25 playoff games en route to the Carolina Hurricanes first Stanley Cup. The following summer, Ward would sign as a free agent with the New York Rangers.

In the Big Apple, Ward would fail to meet what was expected of him as he only managed to record 13 points in 60 games played. The Rangers struggled in the 2006-07 regular season and decided to send Ward to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Paul Mara.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, Ward was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Justin Pogge and a conditional draft choice.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 54 1 14 15 40
1989-90 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 52 6 33 39 85
1990-91 University of Michigan CCHA 46 8 11 19 126
1991-92 University of Michigan CCHA 42 7 12 19 64
1992-93 University of Michigan CCHA 30 5 8 13 73
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 4 0 0 0 8
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 4 +2
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 58 4 12 16 87 9 2 6 8 6
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 +1
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 -9 19 0 0 0 17
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 5 5 10 47 -1
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 3 8 11 52 -5 8 0 1 1 8
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 1 3 4 24 -4 3 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 4 5 9 57 -4
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 3 11 14 74 0 23 1 1 2 22
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 3 6 9 90 -23
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 49 3 5 8 37 +1
2004-05 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 8 0 3 3 16 11 1 1 2 16
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 6 19 25 62 +2 25 2 3 5 18
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 10 13 57 -3
2006-07 Boston Bruins NHL 20 1 2 3 18 -8
2007-08 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 8 13 54 +9 6 0 1 1 6
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 65 3 7 10 44 +16 11 1 0 1 2
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 1 10 11 54 -17
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 0 2 2 8 +2
NHL Totals 839 44 107 151 736 95 4 6 10 73


Traded to Detroit by Winnipeg with Toronto's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Detroit selected John Jakopin) in 1993 NHL Draft for Paul Ysebaert and future considerations (Alan Kerr, June 18, 1993), June 11, 1993.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to shoulder injury vs. Vancouver, January 19, 2000. Traded to Carolina by Detroit for Carolina's 2nd round pick (Jiri Hudler) in 2002 NHL Draft, July 9, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Ingolstadt (Germany), February 15, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 3, 2006. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Paul Mara, February 27, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Boston for Patrick Eaves and Carolina's 4th round pick (Craig Cunningham) in 2010 NHL Draft, July 24, 2009. Traded to Anaheim by Carolina for Justin Pogge and Boston's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Carolina selected Justin Shugg) in 2010 NHL Draft), March 3, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, August 24, 2010.
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