Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Carolina Hurricanes’ Cam Ward said he was very disappointed to be left off Team Canada’s summer camp for the Sochi Olympics and intends to use the setback as a motivation to prove some people wrong.
Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, Chicago Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford, Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price, Phoenix Coyotes’ Mike Smth and Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby were chosen for five-goalie team camp in Calgary starting Sunday.
Canada’s final roster is expected to be named sometime in December.
Ward, the 2006 Conn Smythe winner, struggled last season, posting a .908 save percentage in 17 games as the Hurricanes failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight time.
“Last season obviously is one I’d like to forget,” said the 29-year-old Ward who was bothered by a knee injury. “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.”
Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is confident his team will bounce back this season with a healthy Cam Ward minding their net.
“A lot of it had to do around the time Cam got injured. Up until then, we were leading our division,” said Muller about last season. “Unfortunately, the injury happens and we were .500 for a few games and then after that we just couldn’t keep the goals down and it affected our production in the second half.”