ST. JOHN’S, NL – The St. John’s IceCaps, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians, announced today that former Bemidji State University forward Cory Ward has signed a 25-game Amateur Tryout (ATO) contract to play out the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
The Las Vegas, Nev. native could make his professional debut as early as tomorrow when the IceCaps travel to Syracuse, N.Y. and Onecenter War Memorial Arena to face the Crunch for a 7:00 p.m. (EST) opening face-off.
Ward will play out the remainder of the season with St. John’s, which includes 12 regular-season games, with the hope of catching on with the organization for the 2016-17 campaign.
Ward posted 19 points (9g-10a), which included three power-play goals and a game-winner as a senior. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore logging a career-best 29 points (18g-11a), which included a career-high 18 goals.
With 80 career points (45g-35a) in four seasons, Ward ranks among the top 20 on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list, while his 45 goals place him ninth at BSU since 1999-2000.
Ward never missed a game after stepping on campus in the fall of 2012—dressing in 151 consecutive contests to surpass Beaver greats Brad Hunt and Matt Prapavessis for the program’s all-time games played record.
The IceCaps currently hold down fifth place in the North Division of the AHL’s Eastern Conference with an overall record of 27-25-8-3.
Bemidji State, which finished 17-16-6 overall and posted an 11-12-5 mark in WCHA play to finish fifth in the league, wrapped up the 2015-16 campaign dropping a best-of-three WCHA Playoff series at Bowling Green State University.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).