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Carolina’s Ward: ‘Last season obviously is one I’d like to forget’

Aug 23, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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The 2013 season was a disappointment for the Carolina Hurricanes — especially for netminder Cam Ward.

Ward, 29, was lost for the season in early March after suffering a knee injury, which proceeded to derail the ‘Canes season. Carolina faltered badly with Dan Ellis and Justin Peters in goal and missed the playoffs, all while Ward looked on in frustration.

“Last season obviously is one I’d like to forget,” he told the Raleigh News & Observer. “I feel confident I’ve done everything I can this summer to get my body in the best shape I possibly can to have a healthy season.

“I want to make a big impact on this hockey team and let my play do the talking.”

Ward’s frustrations didn’t end with the injury. He was also left off Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp invite list, passed over in favor of five other goalies — Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith.

Ward’s omission was a surprise to many. He was one of the five selected to the 2010 camp (but was plagued by a back injury) and has shown a penchant for stepping up in pressure-filled situations. He captured the Conn Smythe during Carolina’s 2006 Stanley Cup championship and backstopped the ‘Canes to the Eastern Conference finals in 2009.

His aim for this season is simple — play well for the ‘Canes, which in turn should put him in the Team Canada mix.

“It’s definitely in my head, yes,” he said. “Obviously I was very disappointed to be left off that list but you’ve got to look at the positives and I’m going to use that as even more motivation to prove some people wrong.

“Again, let my play do the talking and hopefully I can play my way on to the team.”

  1. 19to77 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    If Cam Ward played for a team with a full NHL-calibre defensive unit he’d be a Vezina candidate nearly every year. He’s fantastic considering how little support he has in front of him.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Agreed , if anyone , he’d be the last goalie I’d like to face out of anyone even bobrovsky who I’m a diehard fan of , he’s proven himself and he does so much for this team regardless of the little in front of him , ward and Khudobin should be a great duo next year

    • bardown66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      id say rinne, lundqvist, and quick are all head and shoulders above the rest. i think ward should be canada’s goalie hands down IF he is totally healthy. I think he is their best bet of matching Quick on USA. especially since it seems like Canada, USA, and Sweden are on a collision course as the 3 best teams hands down in the competition.

      • bardown66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        I meant ward is in the class of quick and them. forgot to say that.

  3. stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Classy stud.
    He was great in Junior.
    My hometeam always had trouble with him.
    Sure hope he get the chance for prove himself again!!

  4. faulkingallstar - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Sometimes the best goalies in the league get more credit than they deserve, for example. the goalies who are known as the best in the league today just happen to play on excellent defensive teams, Lundqvist, Quick, Rinne, Rask, Niemi, the list goes on. When your team only allows shots from the perimeter your numbers are gunna be better then they should, but watching cam ward last season, I’d say %90 percent of the goals he allowed, any goalie in the nhl would have allowed. When ur best defensive player is a 20 year old playing his second year in the nhl, you know that u have a weak defense

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