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Ron Ward Ronald Leon Ward "Magic"

Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Shoot: R
Born: 12 Sep 1944, Cornwall ON

 

Regular Season & Playoff Scoring Record (key)

year team
gp
g
a
pts
pim
gp
g
a
pts
pim
1972-73 New York
77
51
67
118
28
1973-74 Vancouver
7
0
2
2
2
Los Angeles
40
14
19
33
16
Cleveland
23
19
7
26
7
5
3
0
3
2
Totals (3 teams)
70
33
28
61
25
1974-75 Cleveland
73
30
32
62
18
5
0
2
2
2
1975-76 Cleveland
75
32
50
82
24
3
0
2
2
0
1976-77 Minnesota
41
15
21
36
6
Winnipeg
14
4
7
11
2
Calgary
9
5
5
10
0
Totals (3 teams)
64
24
33
57
8
Totals:
359
170
210
380
103
13
3
4
7
4

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander's Guide to Pro Hockey, 1975-76 (by Reyn Davis)

Chronic worrier who fails to realize how much he worries other teams ... Not a good skater, but uncanny around the net ... Had six game winners among his 30 goals in 1974-75 ... Nickname in "Magic" because of his knack for scoring ... Excellent lacrosse player ... Scored on 14% of his shots to lead the Crusaders in accuracy last season ... Much travelled in hockey, with eight stops in eight years behind him ... Owns and operates an ice-cream stand in Cornwall during the off-season

 

Excerpts from Pro Hockey, WHA 1976-77 (by Dan Proudfoot)

There's absolutely nothing fancy about Ron Ward, until he's within 20 feet of a net. Then and only then does it become apparent why his teammates call him Magic.

From the very start of the WHA, Ward has been among the league's dominant scorers. In the first year he was the star of the New York Raiders, scoring as many as five goals in one game and ending up with 51. Entering the 1976-77 schedule he stood sixth among the top scorers in WHA history.

And he does it all with a sharp eye and fast reflexes around the goalmouth. He's not an easy skater, but when he gets within range he makes up for it.

Old Magic was at his best again in 1975-76 when he enjoyed another five-goal game, leading Crusaders from behind 8-2 to defeat Toronto Toros 10-9. He finished the season as the team's leading scorer with 32 goals and 50 assists: his best points total since 1972-73.

 

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