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Canes, Ward Agree to Six-Year Contract

Goaltender's deal to take effect in 2010-11 season

Wednesday, 09.30.2009 / 1:07 PM / News
By Ken Preston
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Canes, Ward Agree to Six-Year Contract

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Ward on a new, six-year contract. The deal, which begins with the 2010-11 season, will pay Ward an average of $6.3 million each year through the 2015-16 season. Details of the contract and Ward’s 2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes Media Guide bio are attached to this release.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Cam prior to the season,” said Rutherford. “Signing Cam long term, along with Eric Staal, gives us a strong foundation to build teams year after year."

Ward, 25, is entering his fifth NHL season and holds a career regular-season record of 120-77-18, putting him just 10 wins shy of the franchise record of 130 wins by a goaltender. The Saskatoon, Sask., native is the career franchise leader in winning percentage (.600) and playoff wins (23), ranks third in team history with 12 shutouts, fourth with 225 games played and set the single-season franchise record with 39 wins in 2008-09. In 2006, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player, earning 15 wins and a posting a 2.14 goals-against average in 23 games en route to the Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup championship.

Since becoming Carolina’s starting netminder to start the 2006-07 season, Ward (6’1”, 185 lbs.) has registered 30-or-more wins and played in 60-or-more games in each season. In that time, he has posted a 2.70 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and a 106-69-16 record. Carolina drafted Ward in the first round, 25th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

At the start of the 2006-07 season, Ward started “Cam’s Champs” to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics of North Carolina. As a part of the program, Ward regularly hosts Special Olympics athletes at Hurricanes home games and meets with them after games. In 2008-09, he donated $4 per save, and encouraged Hurricanes fans to join him in supporting SONC. In its three years, “Cam’s Champs” has raised more than $30,000 for SONC. In 2008, Ward’s teammates named him as the team’s nominee for the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61