Goaltender’s involvement includes Special Olympics, Produce for Better Health
RALEIGH, NC— The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that goaltender Cam Ward has been selected by his teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the 2007-08 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The annual award goes “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.”
In just three seasons with the Hurricanes, Ward has become an important figure in the Triangle community, becoming involved in several causes close to his heart. Prior to the 2006-07 season, he established his own program with Special Olympics North Carolina, “Cam’s Champs,” to help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Ward, who first became involved with Special Olympics while playing junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), donates $4 for every save he makes to SONC, and hosts Special Olympics athletes at Hurricanes home games throughout the season. He also serves as a spokesperson for SONC, encouraging the general public to join the cause.
In addition to his work with Special Olympics, Ward also served as the spokesperson for the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s “More Matters” campaign this year, encouraging people to make fruits and vegetables parts of their diets. Ward also visited the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Development and Interact to represent the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation in presenting a grant check to the center, and took an underprivileged child from Durham holiday shopping at Target in December, spending his own money to make it a special holiday for the child and his family. Along with hosting Special Olympics athletes at Hurricanes games this year, Ward also hosted meet-and-greets with members of Impact a Hero, a group for wounded U.S. soldiers, after several home games this season, and helped a dream come true for a young Hurricanes fan whose father was killed in Afghanistan, spending time with the young man after the team’s Military Appreciation Night. Ward is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and spoke to several hundred members of that organization during this season.
Ward, 24, is 35-22-4 this season with a 2.77 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. He currently ranks fourth in the NHL in wins (35) and tied for fifth in shutouts (4). Carolina’s first-round draft pick (25th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Ward has a career regular-season record of 79-51-12 with a 2.99 goals-against average and six shutouts. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 15-8 with a 2.14 goals-against average and two shutouts in 23 post-season contests to help Carolina win the Stanley Cup.
Past winners of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy include former Hurricanes player and current Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development Ron Francis.