After 14 NHL seasons, Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward announced his retirement Wednesday. The 35-year-old Ward signed a one-day deal with the Carolina Hurricanes before officially retiring. He played 13 of his 14 years with Carolina, winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 2006.
General manager Don Waddell said in a news release: “Cam was a cornerstone for this organization for more than a decade. From his ‘Cam’s Champs’ program to his efforts with the Hurricanes Foundation and the time spent teaching at our hockey camps, he had a tremendous impact on the community. We’re proud that he has chosen to retire with the Carolina Hurricanes.”
Ward goes down as one of the best goaltenders in Hurricanes history. He is the franchise leader in regular-season games played (668), winning percentage (.557), shutouts (27) and saves (17,261), as well as goals (1), assists (11) and points (12).
Ward said in a statement: “It was an honor and a privilege to wear the Hurricanes jersey for 13 years. Throughout it all, what stayed clear to me was my love for this organization, this city and this fan base. It is why my family and I call Raleigh home and will continue to call it home. I appreciate all of the support the fans gave me throughout the highs and lows. I thank you.”