Don Ward

 

 

Seattle Totems 1961-72
Defenseman – 6’2" – 200 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • None

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1967, 1968

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961-62 Seattle Totems 70 7 23 30 91 2 0 0 0 4
1962-63 Seattle Totems 69 3 18 21 131 17 1 2 3 10
1963-64 Seattle Totems 70 5 25 30 122
1964-65 Seattle Totems 70 3 8 11 140 7 1 1 2 10
1965-66 Seattle Totems 56 5 8 13 84
1966-67 Seattle Totems 44 0 5 5 48 6 0 1 1 2
1967-68 Seattle Totems 70 2 12 14 107 9 1 2 3 14
1968-69 Seattle Totems 73 3 15 18 129 4 0 1 1 4
1969-70 Seattle Totems 72 3 17 20 96 6 0 2 2 20
1970-71 Seattle Totems 56 0 11 11 80
1971-72 Seattle Totems 41 1 8 9 82
Seattle Totals 691 32 150 182 1110 51 3 9 12 64
NHL Totals 34 0 1 1 16

From 1956 to 1961 Don Ward bounced around the AHL and WHL, playing with four different teams while also getting two shots at the NHL including a three game stint with Chicago in 1957-58 and 31 games with Boston in 1959-60.  Boston traded his rights to the Portland Buckaroos in August of 1961, but before he could play a game with them he was traded again, this time going to Seattle for Tom McVie. 

Ward finally found a stable home in Seattle and played the next 11 seasons with the Totems.  He was a big defenseman, one of the biggest in the league, and known primarily for his physical play.  His penalty totals reflect his role with the team, and while he never led the WHL in PIMs he is the all-time Seattle penalty minute leader with 1,110. 

Quite durable early in his career, a back injury cost him a number of games in 1965-66 and he had knee surgery the following season that kept him out of the lineup for months.  He bounced back well, staying healthy for the next three seasons, but he was again bit by the injury bug in the early 1970s, ending with a broken leg on February 15, 1972 that finished his career in Seattle.  He went on to play a handful of games in the EHL the following season before hanging up the skates for good.

Though Ward was never recognized by being named to any league all-star teams or given any awards, Seattle fans know what an important part he was of the Totem’s success in the 1960s.  He made three trips to the WHL finals with the club, winning back-to-back championships in 1967 and 1968.  His son, Joe Ward, played three seasons with the Seattle Breakers from 1978-81 and was a second round pick (22nd overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.  Joe made a brief appearance in the NHL, playing in four games with the Colorado Rockies during the 1980-81 season.