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MVP Ward returning to Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today the hockey club has signed former AHL MVP right wing Jason Ward to a contract.

Ward, a 25-year-old native of Chapleau, Ont., played the 2003-04 season with the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in 53 games and tallying five goals, seven assists and 12 points, along with 21 minutes in penalties. Ward also had a two-game conditioning stint with the Bulldogs and contributed with three assists.

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Ward enjoyed an outstanding 2002-03 campaign in Hamilton, as he helped lead the Bulldogs to within one win of a Calder Cup championship. In that season, Ward led the Bulldogs in regular season scoring with 72 points (31g, 41a) in 69 games played and in the Calder Cup Playoffs with 21 points (12g, 9a) in 23 contests. For his efforts, Ward won the Les Cunningham Trophy as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player, was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and played for the Canadian All-Stars at the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic.

Ward has played in 105 career NHL games, all with Montreal, where he has scored 20 points (10g, 10a) and added 43 penalty minutes.

Ward will wear jersey number 16 for the Bulldogs, which is the same number he wore during the 2002-03 season in Hamilton.