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Black Wolves’ Ward Announces Retirement

Black Wolves’ Ward Announces Retirement

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (November 10, 2014) – New England Black Wolves forward Ryan Ward announced his retirement today after 11 seasons in the National Lacrosse League.

“I have been contemplating my retirement for several months but found it difficult to announce as I feel I still have the ability to play at a high level,” Ward, 31, said in a prepared statement. “But if I am honest with myself, I realize I no longer possess the passion to prepare, train, travel and dedicate the time it takes to perform at the highest level. I realize that my stronger desires lie with spending time with my young family. I am ready to develop this chapter of my life.”

Ward ranks 28th all-time in NLL history with 247 goals, and is 15th in assists (431) and 19th in total points (678).

“We would like to congratulate Ryan on his outstanding career, as well as his time with us,” New England coach Blane Harrison said. “We wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement.”

Ward was drafted by the Philadelphia Wings with the third overall pick in the 2003 NLL Entry Draft. He was a two-time participant in the NLL All Star Game. Ward was also selected with the second overall pick in the 2004 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Rochester Rattlers.

“I love lacrosse and it is definitely a huge part of who I am,” Ward said. “I will still be actively involved in the sport with my company, Twin Cities Lacrosse, as well as coaching high school lacrosse and my own kids.  I would like to thank my wife for supporting my ‘road-warrior’ professional lacrosse career as well as my family, for dedicating so much of their time & efforts to the sport through the years.  I would be remiss if I did not thank all my coaches that played such a valuable role in my success these past 31 years. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates, it has been an honor as well as a privilege competing with all of you.”

The New England Black Wolves will open the 2015 season on January 2nd at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Buffalo Bandits at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the New England Black Wolves at 1-844-LAX-WOLF.