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Hurricanes Sign Cam Ward to Three-Year Contract

Thursday, 05.31.2007 / 11:21 AM / News
By Terrell Williams
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Hurricanes Sign Cam Ward to Three-Year Contract
Goaltender won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2006

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RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed goaltender Cam Ward to a three-year contract. The contract will pay Ward $2 million in 2007-08, $2.5 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10.

“Cam is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward,” said Rutherford. “He has already built an impressive resume for himself at a young age, and we believe he is going to be one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League for a long time.”

Ward, 23, completed his second NHL season in 2006-07, establishing career bests in games played (60), wins (30), goals-against average (2.93), save percentage (.897) and shutouts (2). The Saskatoon, Sask., native ranked tied for 15th among NHL netminders in wins (30) and tied for 13th in games played (60). Following the conclusion of the regular season, Ward (6’1’’, 200 lbs.) represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, helping his home country capture the gold medal. Ward was 5-0-0 in the tournament with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage, and stopped 20 shots in Canada’s victory in the gold-medal game against Finland.

As a rookie in 2005-06, Ward earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s playoff MVP after leading the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup championship. During the postseason, Ward ranked first in the league in wins (15), second in goals-against average (2.14), second in shutouts (2) and sixth in save percentage (.920). He set Hurricanes single-season franchise playoff records in wins (15), saves (537), minutes (1320) and shutouts (2 – tied with Kevin Weekes’ 2002 mark). Ward was 14-8-2 during the 2005-06 regular season and in two NHL regular seasons, he is 44-29-8 with a 3.16 goals-against average and two shutouts.

Ward completed his first professional season in 2004-05, posting a 27-17-3 record in 50 games with Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate, Lowell. During that season, he established Lock Monster’s single-season records for wins (27), shutouts (6), goals-against average (1.99) and save percentage (.937), and was named to the AHL’s all-rookie team. He also set Lock Monster’s franchise marks in playoff wins (5), shutouts (2) and goals-against average (2.53). Prior to turning pro, Ward played four seasons with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL), notching a career record of 102-40-15 with a goals-against average of 2.12 and 11 shutouts in 160 games played. He was named the WHL’s goaltender of the year three consecutive seasons, the WHL’s overall player of the year in 2003-04 and the goaltender of the year for the entire Canadian Hockey League in 2003-04.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60