Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Ward
Born in Chapleau, Ontario Jason Ward starred for the MTHL's Oshawa Legionnaires and was the first round pick of the OHL's Niagara Falls Thunder in the 1995 OHL Priority Draft. A two-time member of Canada's World Junior Team (1998, 1999), Ward is an offensively gifted player who his not afraid to mix it up.

The Chapleau native played four seasons in the OHL with stops in Niagara Falls/Erie, Windsor and Plymouth. The 11th overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Ward had brief stints with the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens in 1997-98 and 1998-99 before spliting his first professional season in 1999-00 between Montreal and the AHL's Quebec Citadelles.

Over the course of the next three seasons, Ward continued to share his time with the Canadiens and the AHL before spending the better part of the 2003-04 season with Montreal.

In the summer of 2005, Ward was acquired by the New York Rangers. Ward's stint with the Rangers lasted a mere 46 games before the club traded him to the Los Angeles Kings with March-Andre Cliché and Jan Marek for Sean Avery and John Seymour. Ward spent seven games in Los Angeles before he was on the move once again as the Kings opted to send the right winger to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL trading deadline.

As an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2009, Ward signed on with the Philadelphia Flyers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.A 47 30 31 61 75
1995-96 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 64 15 35 50 139 10 6 4 10 23
1995-96 Canada U-18 5 1 1 2 2
1996-97 Erie Otters OHL 58 25 39 64 137 5 1 2 3 2
1997-98 Erie Otters OHL 21 7 9 16 42 -5
1997-98 Windsor Spitfires OHL 26 19 27 46 34 -21
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 7 1 0 1 2 +3 1 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Windsor Spitfires OHL 12 8 11 19 25 0
1998-99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 23 14 13 27 28 +27 11 6 8 14 12
1998-99 Canada WJC-A 7 1 1 2 8
1998-99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 10 4 2 6 22
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 2 1 3 10 -1
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 40 14 12 26 30 +10 3 2 1 3 4
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 0 0 12 +3
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 23 7 12 19 69 -3
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 78 24 33 57 128 0 3 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 3 2 5 0 +3
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 69 31 41 72 78 +20 23 12 9 21 20
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 5 7 12 21 +3 5 0 2 2 2
2003-04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 0 3 3 17 +1
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 20 34 54 66 +7 4 2 1 3 2
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 81 10 18 28 44 -4 1 0 0 0 2
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 46 4 6 10 26 -3
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 0 1 1 4 -1
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 4 4 8 10 -11 6 0 1 1 6
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 8 6 14 42 -18
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
2008-09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 21 2 7 9 16 0
2009-10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 56 12 17 29 30 -8
2010-11 EHC Linz Austria 35 9 10 19 50
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14 Dundas Real McCoys OHA Sr. 5 3 5 8 0 8 4 6 10 4
2013-14 Dundas Real McCoys Al-Cup 4 1 5 6 12
NHL Totals 336 36 45 81 171 12 0 3 3 10


AHL First All-Star Team (2003)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (2003)
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. Carolina, January 16, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Hamilton (AHL), October 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 4, 2005. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Jan Marek, Marc-Andre Cliche and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Corey Fienhage) in 2008 NHL Draft for Sean Avery and John Seymour, February 5, 2007. Traded to Tampa Bay by Los Angeles for Tampa Bay's 5th round pick (Joshua Turnbull) in 2007 NHL Draft, February 27, 2007. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to lower body injury at Portland (AHL), December 31, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 23, 2009. Officially announced his retirement, August 16, 2011.
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