RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Aaron Ward, a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, is retiring from the NHL after 13 seasons.
Ward announced his retirement in a statement released through the NHL Players Association on Tuesday.
Ward spent most of last season with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2006. He was traded in March to Anaheim.
The 37-year-old Ward was also a member of Detroit's back-to-back Cup teams in 1997 and 1998. According to the NHLPA release, Ward had a third knee surgery after the season and wouldn't have been ready for the start of next year.