Ward had been a free agent since he was released at the last Sea Dogs training camp in Saint John. Due to his 20 year-old status, he automatically became a free agent once released. The Huskies hired him because the team is struggling with many injured 20-year-olds.
Ward’s stay with Rouyn-Noranda could last until Dec. 2, which would be the Blizzard captain’s fifth game. Depending on his performance and the health of injured players, his stay in Rouyn-Noranda may be prolonged. The Huskies are in 4th place in the QMJHL’s overall rankings, one point behind the leaders.
Ward leads the Blizzard with 25 points (15-10), tied with Logan Johnston (7-18). Ward played the last two campaigns with the Sea Dogs, tallying 20 points in 112 games.
Meanwhile, Blizzard fans will have the chance to see a newcomer, Mathieu Blanchard, of Bathurst. The 17-year-old is currently the top scorer of the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League. Blizzard’s fourth round pick in the 2017 draft, Blanchard has 25 points (9-16) in 14 games with the Northern Moose. He is ahead of another player selected by the Blizzard at the last draft, Caleb Kean (23 points), of the Saint John Vitos.
The Blizzard plays host to the Amherst Ramblers tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm. Then they play a doubleheader against the Campbellton Tigers on Saturday at 7:30 in Campbellton and Sunday at 3 pm in Edmundston.
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone