By Larry Robertson
Special to The News
Jason Ward, former Hamilton Bulldogs captain and the Most Valuable Player in the American Hockey League in 2003, is due to skate again — this time with the Dundas Real McCoys in the Allan Cup Senior AAA Hockey league.
Ward was selected 11th overall in the 1997 National Hockey League entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The 34-year-old right winger went on to play for six seasons in the Montreal farm system, first with the Quebec Citadelles beginning in 1999-2000 and then for three seasons as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs. In 2003 Ward was the recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the League’s MVP. He was also a first-team-all star.
The six-foot, three-inch native of Chapleau, Ont., play 336 games in the NHL with Montreal, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning. During his eight-year career, he scored 36 goals and assisted on 45 others for 81 points. He had 171 minutes in penalties.
Ward played part of the 2008-09 season with the Norfolk Admirals and the next one with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL before heading overseas to play for Linz Black Wings in Austria in 2010-11.
Ward’s first appearance with the Real McCoys is schedulefor for Friday, Jan. 3, when they host Stoney Creek Generals at 7:30 p.m. at Grightmire Arena.
“Any time you can add a player with more than 300 NHL games speaks for itself,” said Dundas president and general manager Don Robertson. “When you add being a former AHL MVP and captain of the Bulldogs, you know it’s going to have an impact on what is already a pretty good hockey team.
“Jason is considered a good all-round player, and he will give the coaches some nice options.”