Brian Ward

Adirondack’s Brian Ward, 22, moves up the ice with Manchester’s Craig Wyszomirski and Matt Leitner during their April 20 ECHL playoff game at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Erin Reid Coker File Photo, Special to The Post-Star

GLENS FALLS — Brian Ward, the Adirondack Thunder’s leading goal-scorer last season, will return to the team this year after signing a standard player contract Friday.

Ward, 25, racked up 49 points in 49 games played with the Thunder in 2016-17, netting a team-best 27 goals and 22 assists. The 6-foot-1 forward ended the season on a 15-game point streak and was named ECHL Rookie of the Month for March, collecting 17 points in 11 games played.

Ward’s 27 goals last season were tied for fifth in the ECHL among first-year players and his point-per-game pace ranked fourth among rookies with at least 45 games played.

A native of Haverhill, Mass., Ward has appeared in nine career AHL games, including eight last season with the Albany Devils. He also played three seasons at St. Lawrence University, scoring 70 points (27-43-70) over 112 games played and leading the team as captain as a senior.

The Thunder, now affiliated with the New Jersey Devils, return to action in October for their third season in the ECHL.

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