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07-19-2012, 11:19 PM
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The latest Maniac is Jimmy Ward, RW

Ward was a strong two-way player who spent much of his career on the Montreal Maroons' checking line with Hooley Smith and Baldy Northcott. He was quite effective at checking the star left wings Aurel Joliat and Busher Jackson, as he was one of the few players in the league fast enough to skate with them. He was also larger than average for his era.

Despite often being used as a checker, Ward's offensive resume is among the best among wingers in the MLD:

Points 9th(1929), 11th(1932), 15th(1936), 16th(1933)
Goals 8th(1929), 10th(1932), 12th(1933), 19th(1934)
Assists 7th(1936), 8th(1929), 10th(1932), 16th(1933)

He was named MVP of the Montreal Maroons in 1931, a season in which he didn't finish top 20 in scoring.

Did I mention Ward was fast?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Howie Morenz, 1935
And while I'm on the subject of outstanding men, I might add that Harvey Jackson of Toronto is probably the best and fastest wing in the game. About the only way to stop Harvey is the close down the rink. Jimmy Ward of the Montreal Maroons is another player who scorches the ice. The same is true of King Clancy of the Toronto Maple Leafs and young Mush March of our Chicago Blackhawks, who also owns blistering speed; the boy is a fine competitor, too.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 4-3-1928
Jimmy Ward uncorks more speed than Aurel Joliat, his check.
Here's nik jr's excellent profile of Ward that (among other things) goes into his checking in much more detail:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=169

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