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Joel Ward | Winger

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 226
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Joel Ward scored the only goal for the Capitals in their 4-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday night.
Eight goals on 32 shots (25% scoring percentage) screams fluke, so don’t get fooled by the early-season success for Ward. His scoring rate is 11.6 for his career, with 24 goals and 49 points his career highs, both of which came last season. Mike Green and Nate Schmidt chipped in with the assists. Nov 15 - 11:11 PM

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Joel Ward scored two times for the Capitals in their 3-1 win over the Flames on Saturday night.

Don’t let Ward’s four goals and five points fool you. He has just 11 shots on net and has surpassed the 20-goal mark once in his career. He could finish with around 45 points this year, so there isn't a ton of offensive upside from the veteran depth player. Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal. Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzter, Brooks Orpik and Michael Latta registered the assists. Orpik also had 10 hits in the game.
Oct 26 - 1:06 AM

Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday.

Ward beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price with just under 1:30 left in third period to break a scoreless tie. Brooks Laich added the empty netter in the final minute of play. Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Justin Peters combined for 18 saves in the shutout.
Sep 28 - 8:41 PM

New head coach Barry Trotz said that the Joel Ward-Jason Chimera line was the most reliable for Washington last season.

The new coach has spent the summer going over the Capitals games from last season and was impressed with Ward and Chimera. "I believe in a line that checks better, that’s reliable. I watched a lot of games from last year and the most reliable line was really [Joel] Ward and [Jason] Chimera. That was by far the most predictable line. That’s what players have. They all have talents they’re strong at," Trotz said. "A guy like Joel Ward, his strength is puck possession and smart and reading the play. His game is more of a grinding, smart, intelligent game. It might not be as quick as some other guys." Ward had 24 goals and 49 points last season but he may be in tough to match it this season.
Sep 13 - 10:41 AM

Joel Ward figures the Washington Capitals will need to spend more time studying away from the ice next season since Barry Trotz has taken over as their coach.

"On ice, I expect us to be a lot more detailed, I think," Ward told CSN Washington on Saturday. "You'll get a sense of that right away; there might be some homework at times." Ward expects those assignments will pay off. The forward played his first full NHL season under Trotz with the Nashville Predators in 2008-09. The 35 points (17 goals) Ward scored that season were his career high until he put up 49 (24 goals) for the Capitals last season. Trotz was hired May 26 to replace Adam Oates after Washington failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Jul 27 - 9:24 AM

Joel Ward recorded two goals and added an assist in Canada's 3-2 win against Norway on Tuesday.

He leads Canada with nine points in seven games heading into the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Ward is also tied with Cody Hodgson for first on the team in goals with six.
May 20 - 12:15 PM

Joel Ward scored a pair of goals in Canada's 4-1 win over Slovakia in World Championship action on Saturday.

Vancouver blueliner Jason Garrison picked up two assists in the contest, while Cody Hodgson and Kevin Bieksa had the other markers. Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots for the victory.
May 10 - 4:18 PM

Joel Ward is excited to represent Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

"It's my Olympics," he said last month after the regular season ended. "It's my only chance to wear a Canada jersey. It's pretty cool to represent your country." Ward produced 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games this past season.
May 8 - 4:31 PM

Joel Ward had a goal in Washington's 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angeles Thursday evening.

Ward scored in his fourth straight game and he now has 22 goals with 20 assists in 71 games this season. He is red-hot now for the Capitals. This is his best season in the NHL so far in his career. Rookie Evgeni Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom assisted Ward's goal.
Mar 21 - 4:22 AM

Joel Ward notched a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Toronto on Sunday afternoon.

His 20th marker of the season came on a Washington power play during the first period and it held up as the game winner. It's the first time that he has hit the 20-goal plateau in his career. Ward also has a career high of 40 points in 69 contests.
Mar 17 - 10:42 AM

Jpel Ward has been quite productive out of the gate since the Olympic break, scoring a game-winning goal, two assists and building a plus five rating over the three games.

Over the course of his career, Ward has finished the season stronger than he's started it. Through 62 games this season, the winger has 18 goals and 36 points.
Mar 4 - 7:34 PM

Joel Ward led the Capitals past the Red Wings on Sunday with two goals and an assist in Washington's thrilling 6-5 overtime win.

Ward now has 33 points in 56 games. It was a great fantasy day for several Caps, Nicklas Backstrom had two assists, Jason Chimera had a goal and two assists, John Carlson had a goal and an assist while Alex Ovechkin scored the OT winner.
Feb 2 - 3:42 PM

Joel Ward was one of two goal scorers for the Capitals in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Columbus.

Ward has quietly tallied 14 times on the season, moving him to within three of his career best of 17, which he totalled with the Predators in 2008-09. Eric Fehr was the other goal scorer for the Capitals in defeat.
Jan 30 - 11:12 PM

Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 victory against Toronto.

Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin picked up assists on Ward's 13th marker of the season. He has notched two goals and two assists in his last five games.
Jan 11 - 11:18 AM

Joel Ward was the lone goal scorer for the Capitals in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Monday night.

The goal was the 12th of the season for Ward and it opened the scoring, however the Senators scored three unanswered markers from that point forward. Martin Erat and Jason Chimera drew assists on the tally.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Jay Beagle
4Eric Fehr
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8John Erskine
9Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters