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R. 6'2" 195 lbs.
1/16/1979 Chapleau, Ontario
Montreal's 1st, 11th overall, in 1997
Born in Chapleau, Ontario, Jason Ward starred for the MTHL's Oshawa Legionnaires and was the first round pick of the OHL's Niagara Falls Thunder in the 1995 OHL Priority Draft. A two-time member of Canada's World Junior Team (1998, 1999), Ward is an offensively gifted player who is not afraid to mix it up.
The Chapleau native played four seasons in the OHL with stops in Niagara Falls/Erie, Windsor and Plymouth. The 11th overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Ward had brief stints with the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens in 1997-98 and 1998-99 before spliting his first professional season in 1999-00 between Montreal and the AHL's Quebec Citadelles. Over the course of the next three seasons, Ward continued to share his time with the Canadiens and the AHL, before spending the better part of the 2003-04 season with Montreal.
In the summer of 2005, Ward was acquired by the New York Rangers. Ward's stint with the Rangers lasted a mere 46 games, before the club traded him to the Los Angeles Kings with Marc-Andre Cliché and Jan Marek for Sean Avery and John Seymour. Ward spent seven games in Los Angeles before he was on the move once again as the Kings opted to send the right winger to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL trading deadline.
Missed majority of 2000-01 season recovering from knee injury suffered
in game vs. Carolina, January 16th, 2001. AHL First All-Star Team (2003).