OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ottawa Senators announced that they have signed defenseman Lance Ward, who played in the ECHL as a rookie.
In his first professional season in 1998-99, the 6-foot-3 and 210-pound Ward had one goal and 12 penalty minutes in six games with Miami of the ECHL and seven points (2g-5a) and 51 penalty minutes in 43 games with New Haven of the American Hockey League and two assists and 28 penalty minutes in 13 games with Fort Wayne of the International Hockey League.
The 27-year-old Ward did not play during 2004-05 after splitting 2003-04 between Anaheim of the National Hockey League, registering four assists and 94 penalty minutes in 46 games, and Cincinnati of the AHL where he had one assist and six penalty minutes in five games.
Ward has 16 points (4g-12a) and 391 penalty minutes in 209 NHL games with Anaheim and Florida and 33 points (9g-24a) and 325 penalty minutes in 163 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Louisville and New Haven. He was originally selected in the first round (10th overall) by New Jersey in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and went back into the draft in 1998 where Florida chose him in the third round (63rd overall). Ward saw his first NHL action in 2000-01 with Florida, which traded him and Sandis Ozolinsh to Anaheim in 2003 in exchange for Matt Cullen, Pavel Trnka and a 2003 fourth-round draft choice.