Ben Ward, one of the eye-opening players in the 2017 Minnesota State High School League Class A tourney has announced via twitter that he has committed to play hockey for the SCSU Huskies. He announced on September 15 “Proud to announce I’ve committed to play DI hockey for St. Cloud State University! Thanks to everyone for all the support.” Ward, one of the team captains for Monticello | Annandale | Maple Lake high school finished the 2016-17 season as the team leader in points with 23 goals and 34 assists for 57 points averaging over two points per game. the 5’9″ 155 pound right-handed forward was highly effective in the state Class A tourney with 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in three games. His efforts earned him to be named to the Class A All-Tournament team. He was also named to the Minnesota AP All-State Third Team following the 2016-17 season.
Neutral Zone, a respected amateur scouting site commented “Ben Ward was the talk of the tournament. He’s a highly skilled, highly intelligent prospect who makes plays every time he’s on the ice. A slick handed, savvy playmaker who has vision, hockey sense and impressive poise, especially under pressure. His passing ability is elite both in delivery and ability to find seams. In just three games, he managed 2 goals and 5 assists against the best Class A competition in the state.”
Ward has one more season of high school eligibility remaining. However, it’s unknown whether he’ll return to Buffalo High School for his senior year. He’s currently playing for the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL. Ward was also drafted by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in 2017.