Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Ward
Ron Ward was a high scorer in the minors and the winner of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Awards ad the American Hockey League's top rookie in 1969 when he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1969-70 season.

Ward suited up in the blue and white for 18 games that year, but was unable to translate his scoring success to the NHL level. He was only able to manage a single point in that time, an assist. That summer the Vancouver Canucks in the Expansion Draft claimed him though he didn't join the club for another year.

After spending the 1970-71 season with the Rochester Americans he joined the Canucks for the 1971-72 season. In 71 games with Vancouver he scored just two goals and six points.

When the World Hockey Association was formed as a rival to the NHL in 1972 a new opportunity was created for Ward and he made the most of it. Ward joined the New York Raiders for the inaugural season and was an instant hit scoring 51 goals and 118 points. His offensive outburst helped him lead his club in scoring by a 30 point margin. Despite his success in New York he was traded that summer which began a nomadic WHA existence for Ward, who was traded twice more during the 1973-74 season. During the next two seasons he played for the Cleveland Crusaders where he finished third in scoring during his first full campaign, then led them in point production the following year. In the 1976-77 season Ward bounced around playing for the Minnesota Fighting Saints, the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Cowboys before retiring from the game.

Though his NHL production was way off his scoring rate at other levels, his WHA scoring totals were more impressive with 380 points in 359 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Cornwall Colts OHA-B
1963-64 Lachine Maroons M-Cup 4 0 0 0 6
1963-64 Smiths Falls Bears M-Cup 5 0 2 2 6
1964-65 Cornwall Colts OHA-B 36 29 31 60
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 69 6 22 28 37 7 1 2 3 9
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 42 12 15 27 46
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 1 0 1 1 0
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 67 31 54 85 30 11 5 5 10 8
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 73 35 43 78 18
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 0 1 1 2 -2
1969-70 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 22 7 9 16 12
1969-70 Tulsa Oilers CHL 22 7 17 24 15
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 69 23 16 39 33
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 2 4 6 4 -2
1972-73 New York Raiders WHA 77 51 67 118 28
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 7 0 2 2 2
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 40 14 19 33 16
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 23 19 7 26 7 5 3 0 3 2
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 73 30 32 62 18 5 0 2 2 2
1975-76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 75 32 50 82 24 3 0 2 2 0
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 41 15 21 36 6
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 14 4 7 11 2
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 9 5 5 10 0
NHL Totals 89 2 5 7 6


CPHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
CPHL - Scoring Leader (1968)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1969)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1973)
Loaned to Lachine (MMJHL) and Smiths Falls (OHA-B) by Cornwall (OHA-B) for Memorial Cup playoffs, March, 1964. Traded to Toronto by Vancouver (WHL) for Brad Selwood and Rene Robert, May, 1969. Claimed by Vancouver from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Vancouver (WHA) by NY Raiders (WHA) with Pete Donnelly for Andre Lacroix, Don Herriman and WHA rights to Bernie Parent, June, 1973. Traded to LA Sharks (WHA) by Vancouver (WHA) for George Gardner and future considerations (Ralph MacSweyn, November 5, 1973), October, 1973. Traded to Cleveland (WHA) by LA Sharks (WHA) for Bill Young and Ted Hodgson, February, 1974. Transferred to Minnesota (WHA) after LA Sharks (WHA) franchise relocated, April 11, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, January 17, 1977. Traded to Calgary (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) with Veli-Pekka Ketola and Heikki Riihiranta for Danny Lawson, Mike Ford and future considerations, March, 1977.
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