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Jason Ward
Jason Ward
Right Wing
Number: 16
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 208
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 16, 1979
Birthplace: Chapleau, ON, Canada
Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario
Acquired: From Los Angeles in exchange for a fifth-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Drafted: MTL / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (11th overall)
2006-07 SEASON
Played in 70 games with the Lightning, Kings and NY Rangers … Recorded 8 goals, 19 points, 1 SHG and 1 GWG … Played in 17 games with Tampa Bay after being acquired at the trade deadline … Scored 4 goals and recorded 4 assists in those games … Tied his career high with a 3-game point streak from 3/31-4/6/07 with 2 goals and 1 assist … Scored his 1st goal and recorded his 1st multi-point game with the Lightning 3/20 vs. NYI … Registered his 1st point with Tampa Bay on an assist 3/10 at CGY … Made his Lightning debut 3/1 at WSH … Recorded his 1st multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist 1/11 at OTT with the Rangers … Recorded 10 points (4-6-10) and 26 PIM in 46 games with the Rangers.

2007 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Played in all 6 games of the ECQF vs. NJ … Recorded 1 assist and 9 shots on goal …  Ranked 5th on the team among forwards with 20:02 of average ice time per game … Played a personal season-high 24:48 in Game 4 … Recorded two shots on goal and two takeaways in Game 3 … Recorded his first point of the series with an assist in Game 2 … Logged 24:31 of ice time, landed three hits and two takeaways in Game 1

CAREER
2005-06: Appeared in 81 games with NYR, registering 10 goals and 18 assists with 44 PIM … Established career-highs for games played, goals, assists, points and PIM … Led the team in SHG with 2 and shorthanded points with 3 … Led the team and tied for 13th in the NHL with 70 takeaways … Scored a goal, logged a season-high 18:11 of ice time 1/16 at CBJ … Scored his 1st career SHG 11/26 vs. WSH … Scored his first goal as a Ranger 10/8 at NJ … 2006 Playoffs: Played in 1 playoff game with the NYR before suffering an injury in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. NJ … 2004-05: Played in 77 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, registering 20 goals and 34 assists with 66 PIM … Ranked 2nd on the team in points and assists and was third in goals … Was named Hamilton’s captain on 11/10 … Registered the Bulldogs’ 2,000th goal 1/4 at St. John’s … Played in his 205th AHL game on 1/8 vs. St. John’s … Became the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer in the playoffs in Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals with an assist … 2003-04: Skated in 53 games for MTL, registering 5 goals and 7 assists with 21 PIM … Appeared in 2 games with Hamilton, tallying 3 assists and 17 PIM … 2004 Playoffs: Had 2 assists in 5 playoff games before suffering an injury … 2002-03: Appeared in 8 games with MTL, recording 3 goals and 2 assists … Recalled by MTL on 3/11 … Played in 69 games with Hamilton, collecting 31 goals and 41 assists … Led the Bulldogs in assists and points … Named Hamilton Man of the Year … Named to the 2002-03 AHL First All-Star Team … Won the Les Cunningham trophy as the AHL’s MVP (first Bulldog to win the award) … Won the Hamilton Spector Most Valuable Player, Molson Cup and the H.E.C.F.I Community Leadership Awards … Started in the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic on 2/3, registering 1 goal and 1 assist … Named AHL player of the week for the period ending on 12/29 … Had an 11-game point streak from 11/2-11/22 … Registered 23 points (11-12-23) in 16 games during the month of November … Led the AHL in playoff goal scoring (12) and points (21) … 2001-02: Played in 78 games with Quebec, registering 24 goals and 33 assists … Ranked 3rd on the team in scoring along with a pro career high 128 PIM … 2000-01: Skated in 12 games with MTL, recording 12 PIM … Appeared in 23 games for the Citadelles, totaling 7 goals and 12 assists along with 69 PIM … Missed most of the season with a knee injury … 1999-00: Played in 32 games with MTL, scoring 2 goals and recording 1 assist … Notched his 1st career NHL goals on his 1st NHL shot during his 1st NHL shift against NYR (Ritcher) on 12/3 … Appeared in 40 games with Quebec … 1998-99: Joined Fredericton for the playoffs, recording 4 goals  and 2 assists, along with 22 PIM in 10 games … 1997-98: Played in 7 games with Fredericton and scored his first professional goal.    

JUNIOR CAREER
Skated in 204 games with Niagara Falls, Erie, Windsor and Plymouth of the OHL, registering 88 goals and 134 assists along with 405 PIM … 1998-99: Recorded 22 goals and 24 assists in 35 games with Windsor and Plymouth … Was tied for 5th on Plymouth with 5 SHG … Also ranked 5th on the team in goals … Played 11 post-season games and collected 6 goals and 8 assists … Tied for 1st on the team with 2 PPG in the playoffs and tied for 2nd on the team with 6 post-season goals … 1997-98: Played in 47 games with Erie and Windsor, collecting 26 goals and 36 assists … Ranked 4th on Windsor in goals, assists and points … Was 2nd on Windsor with 2 SHG … 1996-97: Totaled 25 goals and 39 assists with 137 PIM in 58 games with Erie.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Was a member of the Canadian Team that won the silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships … Skated with Team Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championships.

TRANSACTIONS
Acquired by Tampa Bay from Los Angeles in exchange for a 5th-round choice in the 2007 NHL Draft on 2/27/07 … Acquired by Los Angeles with Marc-Andre Cliché and Jan Marek from the NY Rangers in exchange for Sean Avery and John Seymour on 2/27/07… Signed with the NY Rangers as a free agent on 8/4/05 … Selected by Montreal in the 1st round, 11th overall, at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Jason and his wife Kelly have three sons, Eric, Robert and Nathan Dana … Lists lacrosse as his favorite sport other than hockey … Is a fan of NASCAR and is an avid fan of baseball, with the Toronto Blue Jays as his favorite team.

FIRSTS
Game:     NHL – 12/3/99 at NYR
    Lightning – 3/1/07 at WSH
Goal:     NHL – 12/3/99 at NYR (Richter)
    Lightning – 3/20/07 vs. NYI (DiPietro)
Assist: NHL – 1/6/00 at STL
    Lightning – 3/10/07 at CGY

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Goals
Game:    1 (28 times, last – 4/6/07 vs. FLA)
Season:    10 (2005-06)
Multi-Goal Games:        0
    In 2006-07:    0
Hat Tricks:    0
Streak:    2 (2 times, last – 3/20-3/22/07, 2g)
    In 2006-07:    2 (3/20-3/22/07, 2g)

Assists
Game:    2 (2/3/04 at PIT)
Season:    18 (2005-06)
Streak:    2 (3 times, last – 12/7-12/9/06, 2a)
    In 2006-07:    2 (12/7-12/9/06, 2a)

Points
Game:    2 (6 times, last – 3/20/07 vs. NYI, 1g-1a)
Season:    28 (2005-06)
Multi-Point Games:    6 (last - 3/20/07 vs. NYI, 1g-1a)
    In 2006-07:    2 (2 times, last – 3/20/07 vs. NYI, 1g-1a)
Streak:    3 (3/31-4/6/07, 2g-1a)
    In 2006-07:    3 (3/31-4/6/07, 2g-1a)

Games Played Streak: 
   73 (3/19/04-3/14/06)
Most PIM in a Game:    8 (10/18/03 vs. TOR)
Most Shots in a Game:     5 (5 times, last – 4/7/07 at ATL)