Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dixon Ward
Scoring came naturally to Dixon Ward while spending four years in the NCAA ranks with the University of North Dakota, where he averaged close to a goal a game in his final three years. Drafted in the 7th round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Ward opted for the U.S. college system before trying his hand at the NHL. In 1992-93, at the age of 24, Ward made the Vancouver Canucks and had an excellent rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 30 assists in 70 games. Midway through the following season he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, where his point production tailed off considerably.

Following a very brief and unsuccessful stop with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ward moved 90 minutes down the highway to join the Buffalo Sabres, signing as a free agent on September 20, 1995. The next five years of his career were spent in the Queen City, where he became known as a defensive specialist, checking the opposition's top line. He played eight games at the NHL level that season and scored four points.

In 1996-97, Dixon scored 45 points in 79 games and helped the team win the Northeast Division title. In 1997-98, Dixon scored 23 points and played an instrumental role in helping the Sabres to reach the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Capitals. He followed that up in 1998-99 scoring 20 goals and 44 points. In the playoffs, the Sabres won the Prince of Wales Trophy in the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Stars in the Stanley Cup finals.
On November 3, 2000, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. In 63 games with his new team, he tallied 18 points


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 59 46 40 86 153 20 11 11 22 16
1987-88 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 51 60 71 131 167
1988-89 University of North Dakota WCHA 37 8 9 17 26
1989-90 University of North Dakota WCHA 45 35 34 69 44
1990-91 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 34 35 69 84
1991-92 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 33 31 64 90
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 22 30 52 82 +34 9 2 3 5 0
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 6 1 7 37 -14
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 34 6 2 8 45 -8
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 0 3 3 31 -4
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 6 3 3 6 19
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 7 3 6 9 7 5 3 0 3 7
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 2 4 6 +1
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 71 38 56 94 74 19 11 24 35 8
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 13 32 45 36 +17 12 2 3 5 6
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 10 13 23 42 +9 15 3 8 11 6
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 20 24 44 44 +10 21 7 5 12 32
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 11 9 20 41 +1 5 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 63 5 13 18 65 -1
2001-02 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 23 8 19 27 38 9 3 6 9 2
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 0 0 2 -2
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 67 23 41 64 108 +2
2003-04 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 35 22 11 33 44
NHL Totals 537 95 129 224 431 62 14 20 34 46


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1991, 1992)
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (1996)
Traded to Los Angeles by Vancouver for Jimmy Carson, January 8, 1994. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with Guy Leveque, Kelly Fairchild and Shayne Toporowski for Eric Lacroix, Chris Snell and Toronto's 4th round pick (Eric Belanger) in 1996 NHL Draft, October 3, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 20, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 8, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Rapperswil (Swiss), September 23, 2003.
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