By Bill Clement

Cam Ward just might have another date with destiny.

It was Ward, who as a rookie goalie in 2006, came out of nowhere to set several milestones on his way to leading the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup.

Ward was phenomenal. He became the first rookie goalie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy since Ron Hextall in 1987. He also was the first rookie goalie in 20 years to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup finals. And he tied the rookie record for wins in the playoffs (15), previously held by Patrick Roy and Hextall.