At the start of the season Raider Coach Camille Henry planned to play Ward on defense where his poor skating would be less hindrance. Then the NHL filed suit against Garry Peters, another of the New York NHL defectors, and managed to keep him out of the lineup for several weeks, so Henry was forced to play Ward at center. "Now he'll stay there," Henry says.
Ward hopes so. "I figured that I'd score 20 or 25 goals this year," he says, "but now I'm thinking about getting 27. Seriously, for the first time in the major leagues I have the type of wings I need to be an effective player. Brian and Wayne will get the puck for me. I think I know what to do with it once I get it."