Former Canadien & Ranger, Jason Ward Joins FTHN
Former NHLer and good friend, Jason Ward is joining the team at The FullTilt Hockey Network. “Wardo” as his friends call him, will give us his thoughts from time to time here in a special segment called Wheeling With Wardo. You can expect to read his first article when all the playoff seeds are settled.
Last year on FullTilt Rangers (our online NYR Magazine), Wardo made this prediction:
The 3 teams I like this playoff year are Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Boston. The great thing about playoffs is any team can win, as the LA Kings showed! I still cheer for the Rangers and Tampa Bay all the time. I think the Rangers will take down Washington in the 1st round. Then I think they will lose in the second round to a tough team.
Well, NYR beat the Caps and lost to Boston. The Bruins then went on to lose to Chicago. Not to bad Wardo. Not to bad at all.
In his playing days, Jason has the remarkable distinction of scoring his first NHL goal on his first shot, in his first game in Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers on December 3, 1999. Beating U.S. Hall of Famer Mike Richter.
He started his NHL career after he was picked by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, 11th overall in the 1997 draft. He also played for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored his first Lightning goal in his debut with the team. While playing in the AHL in 2002-2003 he won the Les Cunningham Award as Most Valuable Player. Jason also played on Canada’s Silver Medal team in the World Championship in 1999.
In 2010, Jason showed us his coaching ability as an assistant coach for major junior team the Brampton Battalion of the OHL. Now, Wardo is enjoying life with his beautiful wife and three sons in Ontario. Jason is currently working with a major sports marketing company and still follows the NHL avidly.
Welcome aboard Jason and thanks for the “assist” in getting us going and growing.