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Press Release: HURRICANES SIGN WARD TO ONE-YEAR DEAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

DEFENSEMAN WAS ACQUIRED FROM DETROIT ON JULY 9 (story)

RALEIGH, NC (July 30, 2001) - Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed defenseman Aaron Ward to a one-year contract. Ward was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings for a future second-round draft pick on July 9.

Ward, 28, will be entering his seventh NHL season. In 73 games last season with Detroit, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ward scored four goals, had five assists and 57 penalty minutes in playing the right side of the defense.

“We are pleased to sign Aaron for our hockey club,” Rutherford said. “He brings a needed physical presence to our team and provides good balance for our defense.”

Ward was a first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1991 draft. He was traded to Detroit by the Jets along with a fourth-round draft pick in 1993 for left winger Paul Ysebaert and right winger Alan Kerr on June 11, 1993.

Ward played three seasons with the University of Michigan (1990-91 to 1992-93). In 118 games, Ward had 20 goals, 31 assists and 263 penalty minutes. He was a teammate of current Carolina defenseman Steve Halko in 1992-93, and also played four games for the Canadian National Team in the World Junior Championships that season.



AARON WARDCareer Statistics
REGULAR SEASONPLAYOFFS
YEARTEAMLEAGUEGPGATPPIMGPGATPPIM
1990-91U. of Mich.CCHA4681119126-----
1991-92 U. of Mich.CCHA427121964-----
1992-93U. of Mich.CCHA30581373-----
CanadianNational40008-----
1993-94DetroitNHL51014-----
AdirondackAHL58412168792686
1994-95DetroitNHL10112-----
AdirondackAHL761124358740110
1995-96AdirondackAHL745101513330006
1996-97DetroitNHL49257521900017
1997-98DetroitNHL5255104700000
1998-99DetroitNHL6038115280118
1999-00DetroitNHL3613424301125
2001-01DetroitNHL734595700000
NHL CAREER TOTALS (7 SEASONS)2761627432483001125

Ken Preston contributed to this report.

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