Aaron Ward, acquired from the Rangers for Paul Mara at the 2007 trade deadline, has retired from the NHL. The three-time champion hangs up his skates with 839 career games for five clubs, including the Bruins from 2007-09.
“I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did in the NHL, with and against the best players in the game,” Ward said in a statement. “This game has left me with countless memories and relationships, especially from those Stanley Cup-winning teams in Carolina and Detroit. Thank you to my family, fans, friends, and teammates for all the great years.”
The stay-at-home defenseman appeared in 150 games for the Bruins, scoring nine goals and 17 assists. Ward was paired mostly with Zdeno Chara. Ward won rings with Detroit and Carolina.
The Bruins traded Ward back to Carolina on July 24, 2009, for Patrick Eaves and a 2010 fourth-round pick, clearing salary to sign Derek Morris. Ward played most of last season for the Hurricanes, then was traded to Anaheim at the deadline. Ward underwent knee surgery upon the conclusion of 2009-10.
The 37-year-old, who has served as an occasional studio analyst for Versus, had planned to work for Fox Sports Carolinas upon his retirement as a color analyst for the Hurricanes. Ward will continue to live in Cary, N.C.