G Ward signs one-day contract with Hurricanes, retires

FILE PHOTO: Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal, February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Goaltender Cam Ward signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday and retired from the team where he spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons.

A first-round draft pick in 2002, Ward won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy in his rookie year with Carolina in 2005-06.

“It was an honor and a privilege to wear the Hurricanes jersey for 13 years,” he said in a statement issued by the Hurricanes. “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 the lows. I thank you.”

Ward, 35, spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was an All-Star in 2011.

He appeared in 701 career games and posted 334 wins with a .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals-against average.

Ward holds the Hurricanes’ career records for wins (318), shutouts (27) and saves (17,261).

—Field Level Media

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