Ward was an excellent defenseman for Michigan from 1990-93 and was drafted 5th overall by the former Winnepeg Jets in 1991 but traded to Detroit in 1993 (for Paul Ysebaert, anyone remember him?). He won Cups with the Wings in '97 and '98, then was traded to Carolina in 2001, with whom he won a Cup in 2006. He then went on to play for the Rangers, Bruins, Hurricaines again, then Anaheim for a few games last season. He had a 44-107-151 line in 839 NHL games (Wikipedia). Ward was yet another of the many players Michigan sent to the NHL who enjoyed long, productive careers, and one of a few who went on to play for the Red Wings. Congratulations to him on a great career and his retirement--may it include many an alumni game appearance.
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."