Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has a lot driving him as a new season approaches – a motivational checklist if you will.
Ward wants to lead the Hurricanes back to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2009.
He wants to prove he’s an elite goaltender in the NHL.
He wants to play well enough to reenter the running for a spot on Canada’s Olympic team for the 2014 Games.
Finally Ward wants to prove a serious knee injury last season was only a temporary setback.
Canes coach Kirk Muller said he senses Ward has “fire in his belly.” And Ward agrees.
“I definitely do” Ward said this week. “Last season obviously is one I’d like to forget. I feel confident I’ve done everything I can this summer to get my body in the best shape I possibly can to have a healthy season. I want to make a big impact on this hockey team and let my play do the talking.”
Ward 29 was hugely disappointed in 2010 when the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver. Invited to Team Canada’s orientation cam