Report: Charges against former Red Wing Aaron Ward dismissed

The Detroit News
Former Red Wing defenseman Aaron Ward spent seven seasons in Detroit and won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1997-98.

Charges against former Detroit Red Wing and Michigan Wolverine defenseman Aaron Ward from an alleged domestic assault in October were dismissed Friday by the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

Ward, 43, was arrested on Oct. 9, 2015, in Cary, N.C., and charged with two misdemeanors: assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications.

According to court records, TSN reported that Wake County first assistant district attorney Howard J. Cummings wrote “after review of this case and discussions with the victim, it appears that further prosecution is not warranted.”

Ward took to Twitter after the charges were dropped, stating “I am humbled by my experience the last few months. I want to thank everyone who has supported and prayed for my family.”

In his three-year career at Michigan, Ward had 20 goals and 31 assists in 118 games. He also helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA quarterfinals in the 1990-91 season before making back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances the next two years.

Ward was traded from the Jets to the Red Wings in 1993, where he spent seven seasons and won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1997-98. He had 16 goals and 27 assists in 276 games with Detroit.

He also won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and played for the Rangers, Bruins and Ducks before retiring in 2010 and becoming a studio analyst for TSN in 2011.