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Aaron Ward

Aaron Ward  #4

Defenseman
NUMBER: 4 BIRTHDATE: January 17, 1973
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Windsor, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: WIN / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
Traded to Detroit by Winnipeg with Toronto's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Detroit selected John Jakopin) in 1993 Entry Draft for Paul Ysebaert and future considerations (Alan Kerr, June 18, 1993), June 11, 1993. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to shoulder injury vs. Vancouver, January 19, 2000. Traded to Carolina by Detroit for Carolina's 2nd round choice (Jiri Hudler) in 2002 Entry Draft, July 9, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Ingolstadt (Germany), February 15, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 3, 2006. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Paul Mara, February 27, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Boston for Patrick Eaves and Carolina's 4th round choice (Craig Cunningham) in 2010 Entry Draft, July 24, 2009. Traded to Anaheim by Carolina for Justin Pogge and Boston's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Carolina selected Justin Shugg) in 2010 Entry Draft), March 3, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, August 24, 2010.
Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4