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NHL: Joel Ward Hangs Up the Skates After 11 Seasons

Career NHL Regular Season Totals:  726 GP, 133 goals, 171 assists, 304 points

Career Playoff Totals: 83 GP, 22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points


At the age of 39, Joel Ward decided to call it a career on Monday. The 6’1”, 225 pound Right Winger entered the league in the 2006-07 season after going undrafted. He played 11 games in his first NHL season with the Minnesota Wild where he collected 1 assist.


Ward went on to play for the Nashville Predators 2008-2011, spent 4 seasons with the Washington Capitals from 2011-2015, and ended his career after 3 seasons with the San Jose Sharks from 2015-2018.


Joel Ward’s career was most notably highlighted around what he did in the playoffs.


Ward notched 13 points, (7 goals, 6 assists) in 12 playoff games with the Nashville Predators in 2010-2011. He also had a game 7 overtime winner during the 2012 playoffs with the Washington Capitals.


Ward also collected 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 24 games with the 2016 San Jose Sharks before they got eliminated in the Stanley Cup Final by the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Joel Ward also received a strong level of hatred over the years that led to racial slurs being told to him over social media after eliminating the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins in the 2012 playoffs.


 The Bruins released a statement shortly after the tweets had been posted. 


“The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

Courtesy: Boston Bruins Website


Ward responded a short time later when asked about the slurs.


“It doesn’t faze me at all,” Ward said. “We won, and we are moving on. People are going to say what they want to say.”

“I think it is just kids,” Ward said. “It has no effect on me whatsoever. I’ve been playing this game long enough and I’ve not had any encounters of that nature.”

Courtesy: Kevin Allen of USA Today


Joel Ward strives to end racism in hockey during his retirement.


He stated Monday, “Be proud of who you are,” and wants kids to follow his advice.


Overall, it was a great career for Joel Ward that was based around the energy he brought to his teams during the playoffs, and he deserves to enjoy his retirement.



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