Aaron Ward, who three Stanley Cups and scored the opening goal in Carolina's Game 7 win over Edmonton in 2006, has announced his retirement, according to the NHLPA Web site. "I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did in the NHL, with and against the best players in the game," Ward said in the release. "This game has left me with countless memories and relationships, especially from those Stanley Cup winning teams in Carolina and Detroit. Thank you to my family, fans, friends and teammates for all of the great years." Ward is one of three University of Michigan players to win three Stanley Cups. Pat Hughes won one with Montreal (1979) and two with Edmonton (1984, 1985), while John Madden won his third this year with Chicago after winning two with New Jersey (2000, 2002) earlier in his career.