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November 8, 2008

Lightning Assign Veteran Forward Jason Ward to Admirals

TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned veteran right wing Jason Ward to the Admirals, Lightning executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced today.

Ward, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, is entering his tenth season of professional hockey. The native of Chapleau, Ontario, is a veteran of 632 career professional games between the NHL and AHL. He appeared in one game with the Lightning this season, recording two penalty minutes.

In 336 career NHL games between Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers and Montréal, Ward has scored 36 goals and added 45 assists with 171 penalty minutes. In 12 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Ward has three assists and ten penalty minutes.

The 29-year-old winger was originally acquired by the Lightning at the 2007 trade deadline from Los Angeles in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. He netted eight goals and six assists in 79 games for the Lightning last season.

Ward is also a veteran of 296 career American Hockey League games with Fredericton, Québec and Hamilton, totaling 97 goals, 135 assists and 390 penalty minutes between 1999 and 2005. He was the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as AHL Regular Season Most Valuable Player during the 2002-03 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. During that season, Ward recorded 31 goals and 41 assists in 69 games and also earned a spot on the AHL’s First All-Star Team.

Ward reached the Calder Cup Finals when the Bulldogs fell in seven games to the Houston Aeros in 2003. He scored the game-winning goal in Game Six of that series to force the decisive seventh game. In 44 career Calder Cup Playoffs games, Ward has scored 20 goals and 13 assists with 52 penalty minutes.

Ward was a first-round pick (11th overall) of the Montréal Canadiéns in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 204 career OHL games between Niagara Falls, Erie, Windsor and Plymouth, notching 88 goals and 134 assists with 405 penalty minutes.

The Admirals will close out their five-game homestand tomorrow night with a rematch against the IceHogs. Following the game, Norfolk will depart on a two-week, eight-game road trip through the Atlantic Division and will not return to Scope until the week of Thanksgiving.

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