Cam and his wife, Cody, have a son named Nolan and a daughter named Nyla… They have a dog named Rex… The Wards spend their offseason in Alberta, at their home in Sylvan Lake… Cam is involved with Special Olympics in Alberta and in North Carolina… He has his own program, called “Cam’s Champs,” through which he hosts special needs athletes in a suite at home games throughout the season… He’s also involved with the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation… Cam’s first team was the Saskatoon Flyers, and the player he emulated growing up was Martin Brodeur… His favorite vacation spot is Turks and Caicos, and the most-played artist on his iPod is Hozier… His most prized possessions are his family and his Stanley Cup ring… His favorite television show is Modern Family, his favorite movie is Gladiator and his favorite food is sushi… Cam enjoys boating in the offseason… His favorite teams outside of hockey are the New Orleans Saints, the New York Yankees and the Saskatchewan Roughriders… His favorite athlete outside of hockey is Drew Brees… The person from history he would most like to meet is Jesus Christ, and the current celebrity he would most like to meet is Will Ferrell… His favorite former teammate is Andrew Ladd… His favorite holiday is Christmas, his favorite hockey team growing up was Edmonton and his favorite magazine is ESPN The Magazine… Cam has worn number 30 since junior hockey and his most memorable win was Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final… His favorite place to visit in the Triangle is Cafe Tiramisu… His favorite road city is Vancouver, and his favorite road arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Completed his 10th NHL season with Carolina… Was 22-24-5 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 51 games… Established a career-best in goals-against average (2.40)… Earned his first win of the season vs. ARI (11/1), stopping all 25 shots for his first shutout since 3/27/12… Made 30 saves to win his second consecutive game vs. LA (11/2)… Won five consecutive games from 11/1-11/10… Made 37 saves at PIT (12/31), the most saves by a Hurricanes goalie for the season, including a single-period-season-best 17 saves in the second period… Recorded the longest relief appearance by a goaltender without allowing a goal in NHL history in a shootout loss vs. STL (1/30), entering at the 3:25 mark of the first period and recording 29 saves in the final 61:35 of regulation and overtime… Made 28 saves and captured his first shootout win of the season at ARI (2/5)… Won four consecutive games from 2/16-2/28… Played in his 500th NHL/Hurricanes game vs. PHI (2/24), becoming the fourth active goaltender to appear in 500 games with one team (Henrik Lundqvist – NYR; Marc-Andre Fleury – PIT; Ryan Miller – BUF)… Games missed due to injury: 1 (Lower-body: 12/4)… Served as backup for: 31 games… Saves: 37 (12/31 at PIT)… Shots faced: 39 – (11/20 at LA; 12/31 at PIT)… Win streak: 5 (11/1-11/10)… Starts streak: 5 (10/28-11/7; 11/18-11/28)… Streak w/out Regulation loss: 5 (11/1-11/10: 5-0-0)… Shutout sequence: 85:44 (10/28-11/2).
Is in his 11th NHL season with Carolina… Signed a six-year contract extension with the Hurricanes on 1/30/09, which goes through the 2015-16 season… Holds franchise career goaltending records in games played, minutes, wins and shutouts… Represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia, leading his country to the gold medal, and the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Canada, earning silver… Also participated in the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Sweden/Finland… Was Carolina’s first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
2001-02: Posted the top goals-against average in the Western Hockey League (WHL) at 2.27 and won the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goaltender… Was 30-11-4 with one shutout and a .911 save percentage during his rookie season of junior hockey for Red Deer… Was named Red Deer’s rookie of the year and selected to the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star Team after leading the Rebels to the top record in the WHL during the regular-season… Was 14-9 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage during Red Deer’s run to the WHL Finals.
2002-03: Was second in the WHL in goals-against average during the regular season at 2.10… Led the league in wins (40), as Red Deer captured the Central Division title for the second consecutive year… Named goaltender of the year by the Western Major Junior Hockey Writers Association… Was 14-9 with a 2.09 goals-against average in the postseason as Red Deer advanced to the WHL Finals.
2003-04: Was third in the WHL in goals-against average (2.05)… Had a record of 31-16-8, a save percentage of .921 and four shutouts for Red Deer… Was 10-9 with a goals-against average of 1.85 and three shutouts in 19 playoff games, leading the Rebels to the WHL Semifinals… Awarded the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the WHL Player of the Year as well as the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL Goaltender of the Year… Received the Vaughn Goaltender of the Year award as the top netminder in the entire Canadian Hockey League (CHL)… Was a runner-up to Sidney Crosby for the CHL’s player of the year award… Also a runner-up for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy, the WHL’s humanitarian award… Earned Rebels’ team awards including the Red Deer Bottling MVP award, McDonald’s player of the year endowment and the Traptow Photography community relations award.
2004-05: Posted a 27-17-3 record in 50 games with Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate, Lowell… Set Lock Monsters single-season records for wins (27), shutouts (6), GAA (1.99) and save percentage (.937)… Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team… Finished the season with a .937 save percentage to lead all AHL netminders… Recorded a 1.99 goals-against average, ranking fourth in the AHL and second among AHL goaltenders playing in 50 or more games… Started all 11 of Lowell’s playoff games… Holds the Lock Monsters career records for playoff wins (5), shutouts (2) and goals-against average (2.53)… Posted a 1.33 goals-against average and stopped 98 of 102 shots in Games 4, 5 and 6 to help the Lock Monsters to their 4-2 playoff series win against Hartford.
2005-06: Completed his first NHL season, going 14-8-2 with a 3.68 goals-against average in 28 games with Carolina… In a two-game conditioning stint with Lowell (AHL), he posted a 2.54 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage… Made his NHL debut in relief of Martin Gerber and stopped 10 of 11 shots in the game’s final 20:00 at TB (10/5)… Made his first NHL start and earned his first NHL win with a shootout victory vs. PIT (10/7)… Stopped 28 of 30 shots during game play before thwarting Mario Lemieux, Zigmund Palffy and Sidney Crosby on consecutive penalty shots to earn the win… It was the first shootout in franchise history… Stopped 26 of 28 shots to earn his first regulation win vs. WSH (10/12)… Started the game at WSH (10/22) and stopped one shot in 3:48 of play before leaving the game with an arm injury… Martin Gerber completed the game, marking the first time in franchise history that two netminders have combined for a shutout… Earned his first NHL assist on Eric Staal’s power-play goal at PHX (12/3)… Served as backup and did not play for 48 games… Completed his first NHL playoff season, becoming the fourth rookie goaltender to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player (Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall)… Played in 23 of Carolina’s 25 games en route to his first Stanley Cup… 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)… Set the Hurricanes single-season franchise playoff records for wins (15), saves (537), minutes (1320), and shutouts (2 – tied with Kevin Weekes)… Made his NHL playoff debut, stopping 20 of 23 shots in 67:32 of playing time after replacing Gerber at the 14:46 mark of the first period of Game 2 vs. MTL (4/24)… Stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn his first career playoff victory in Game 3 at MTL (4/26)… Earned his first career NHL shutout by stopping all 21 Devils shots in Game 1 vs. NJ (5/6)… Made 28 saves in Game 3 at NJ (5/10), tying Tiny Thompson (Boston: 1929-30) for the NHL record by winning his first seven NHL playoff starts… Stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn his second career playoff shutout in Game 2 vs. EDM (6/7)… Made 22 saves and was named first star in Game 7 vs. EDM (6/19).
2006-07: Ranked tied for 15th in the NHL in wins (30) and tied for 13th in games played (60)… Represented Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Russia, going 5-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage as he led Canada to the gold medal… Made 20 saves to earn his first career regular-season shutout vs. WSH (11/9)… Made a then-career-high 42 saves in a 5-3 win at MTL (2/17)… Stopped 12 of 13 shots before leaving the game at NYR (3/11) with a laceration on his leg caused by a skate blade… Missed three games due to the injury.
2007-08: Ranked tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (37) and tied for ninth in shutouts (4)… Was voted by his teammates as the Hurricanes’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which goes “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community”… Started a then-career-high 20 consecutive games to conclude the season, going 13-5-2 during that span… Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week of Oct. 8-14 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in three road games at Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal… Stopped 35 shots vs. WSH (11/5) to earn his third career regular-season shutout… Played in his 100th career NHL game vs. TB (11/8)… Made 28 saves at NYR (12/3) to earn his fourth career shutout, marking his first regular-season shutout against a team other than Washington… Reached the 30-win mark for the second consecutive season by making 26 saves vs. MIN (3/6)… Earned his fourth shutout of the season with 25 saves at CHI (3/12).
2008-09: Was third in the NHL in wins (39) and tied for sixth in shutouts (6)… Was 12th in the NHL in goals-against average (2.44) and 14th in save percentage (.916)… Established a new franchise record for goaltender victories in a season (39) and matched the franchise record for shutouts in a season (6)… Also set a franchise record for consecutive victories (9, 3/18-4/7)… Set career-bests in wins (39), shutouts (6), goals-against average (2.44) and save percentage (.916)… Started a career-high 28 consecutive games before sitting out the final game of the season at NJ (4/11)… Was 19-7-2 with a 2.30 goals-against average and three shutouts in that 28-game stretch… Established a new franchise record by stopping 57 shots, including a penalty shot by Doug Weight with 0.7 seconds remaining, in a 4-3 victory at NYI (10/25)… Set a then- personal best with a 131:56 shutout sequence from the first period in MTL (10/28) to the second period vs. EDM (11/1)… Surpassed the 10,000-minutes played mark in a 3-2 victory vs. MTL (12/16)… Was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for 12/29-1/4 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in games against ATL, STL and TB… Was named the NHL’s second star for the week ending Jan. 25 after stopping 67 of 68 shots in posting road victories on consecutive nights at TOR (1/19) and at PIT (1/20)… Made 27 saves to earn his 100th career victory with a 3-2 win vs. TB (1/29)… Played his 200th NHL/Hurricanes game vs. CBJ (2/14)… Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on 3/23, after going 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in the Hurricanes’ three wins against NJ, NYI and WSH… Was named an NHL Star of the Week for the fourth time of the season, earning third star honors on 3/30, after going 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in the team’s wins at FLA, vs. OTT and at NJ… Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March, posting a 10-1-2 record with a 1.98 goals-against average and .938 save percentage while playing each of Carolina’s 13 games… Was just the third player in franchise history to be recognized with Player of the Month honors… Won his franchise-record eighth consecutive game by making 33 saves vs. PIT (4/4), as Carolina clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 overtime win… Stopped all 12 shots vs. NYI (4/7) to break the franchise record for goaltender wins in a season and match the team record for shutouts in a season with his 39th win and sixth shutout of the year… Completed his second NHL playoff season, playing all 18 games for the Hurricanes… Ranked tied for third in the league in wins (8), eighth in goals-against average (2.67) and sixth in save percentage (.915)… Made 28 saves to earn his third career playoff shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 vs. NJ (4/26)… Held Boston scoreless on 36 shots to earn his fourth career playoff shutout in Game 2 at BOS (5/3)… Stopped 34 of 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 7 at BOS (5/14) to improve to 4-0 all-time in NHL Game 7’s, becoming just the second goaltender in NHL history to win his first four career Game 7’s (Ed Belfour).
2009-10: Was 18-23-5 with a 2.69 goals-against average in 47 games… Set a career high and ranked tied for second among NHL goaltenders with three assists… Missed 29 games due to injury (leg: 11/11-12/7; back: 2/5-3/25)… Was placed on the long-term injured list and missed 13 consecutive games after suffering a laceration of the left upper leg from the skate of Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash (11/7)… Stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 5-2 win at ATL (1/21), pulling even with Arturs Irbe (130) for first in franchise history in victories… Made 27 saves vs. BOS (1/24) to earn his 131st career win, making him the franchise’s all-time wins leader… Made a season-high 39 saves on 41 shots vs. CHI (1/30)… Posted a 2.23 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 18 games from Dec. 26–Feb. 3… Was 4-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in the season’s final six games after missing 18 games with a back injury from 2/5-3/25.
2010-11: Ranked first in the NHL in saves (2,191), games played (74) and minutes (4,318); tied for third in wins (37) and was ninth in save percentage (.923)… Established a new franchise record for saves in a season, previously held by Sean Burke (1,844 in 1995-96)… Marked just the sixth time since the 2005-06 season, and the ninth time since the start of the 1997-98 season, that an NHL goaltender stopped 2,000 shots in a season… Was selected by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association as the team’s Most Valuable Player… Was chosen by his teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the King Clancy Trophy… The Hurricanes were 9-1-1 when he stopped 40 or more shots… Made 41 saves in regulation and overtime and did not allow a goal in the shootout in the second game of the 2010 NHL Premiere in Helsinki vs. MIN (10/8)… Recorded his first shutout since April 7, 2009, with 37 saves at BOS (11/26)… With wins at ATL (12/16) and vs. ANA (12/18), became the first Hurricanes goalie to have more than 40 saves in consecutive wins since Sean Burke on Jan. 20-22, 1997… Played his 300th NHL game vs. MTL (12/23)… Passed Arturs Irbe (309) for first in franchise history in games played on 11/17 at BOS… Stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 4-2 victory at NYI (1/26), passing Arturs Irbe (17,815) for first in franchise history in minutes played by a goaltender… Was selected by teammate Eric Staal as the first pick in the 2011 All-Star Fantasy Draft (1/28)… Started the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh for Team Staal, stopping 10 of 14 shots in the first period (1/30)… Earned his third shutout of the season with 40 saves in a 1-0 win at BUF (3/15)… Eclipsed 2,000 saves for the season during a 3-2 shootout win at WSH (3/29)… Earned his fourth shutout of the season with 42 saves vs. DET (4/6).
2011-12: Reached the 30-win mark for the fifth time in his career, going 30-23-13 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .915 save percentage… Registered five shutouts… Ranked second among NHL netminders in saves (2,143), surpassing the 2,000-save mark for the second consecutive season… Was tied for fifth among goalies in games played (68) and was fifth in minutes (3,988)… Was tied for 10th in the NHL in shutouts (5)… Became the first goaltender in franchise history to earn a goal when he was credited with an empty net goal vs. NJ (12/26)… He was awarded the goal when Ilya Kovalchuk’s errant pass went the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left… Stopped a season-high 47 shots to earn his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at BOS (2/2)… Played in his 400th NHL/Hurricanes game vs. TB (3/3)… Earned his 200th career NHL/Hurricanes win and 20th career shutout with 40 saves vs. STL (3/15)… Faced a season-high 50 shots in a 5-4 loss at DET (3/24)… Stopped all 30 shots he faced at TOR (3/27) to earn his fifth shutout of the season and 21st career shutout, passing Arturs Irbe for most shutouts in franchise history… Missed three games due to injury (lower body: 2/20-2/25).
2012-13: Was 9-6-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .908 save percentage… Missed 27 games after suffering a season-ending knee injury on 3/3… Led Hurricanes netminders in wins, goals-against average and save percentage… Carolina was in first place with a 13-8-1 record at the time of his injury, and went 6-17-3 without him in the lineup for the rest of the season… Made a season-high 45 saves on 47 shots in a 3-2 OT win at OTT (2/7)… Stopped 15 of 15 shots before leaving the game at FLA (3/3) with a third-degree MCL sprain… Was 4-1-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in his final five games played before being placed on injured reserve on 3/5.
2013-14: Was 10-12-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 30 games… Missed 23 games due to injury… Also played in two games for Charlotte (AHL) during a conditioning stint, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .937 save percentage… Posted a 4-2-0 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in his last eight appearances.