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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 hopes he'll end up re-signing with the Washington Capitals.
"I've been here for a couple years now and it's a great city, fanbase is great and we must be up there in selling jerseys," Ward said. "People come to the games, they come to 'Rock the Red' every game and it's a good chance to play some superstars, like [Ovechkin] and Backstrom, which made things more fun obviously. Hopefully I'll come back." He had 19 goals and 34 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. He did better in the playoffs with three goals and nine points in 14 games. May 15 - 1:51 PM

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Joel Ward generated a goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

His third goal of the playoffs cut the Rangers lead to one goal in the third period after New York went up by three tallies early in the final frame. Ward also had helpers on goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jason Chimera.
May 11 - 12:02 PM

Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal in Washington's 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

Ward found the back of the net with mere seconds left in regulation time. He's having a solid postseason with two goals and five points in eight contests.
May 1 - 11:37 AM

Joel Ward is building up a reputation for being a Game 7 hero.

Ward netted the opening goal in Washington's 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders on Monday. He previously netted the overtime Game 7 goal against Boston in 2012. He has 12 goals and 30 points in 46 career playoff contests, which is a significantly better pace than his regular season career totals of 220 points in 517 games.
Apr 28 - 11:52 AM

Joel Ward scored a goal in a 4-0 victory over Toronto.

Ward has 15 goals and 26 points in 64 games in 2014-15. There was a report that Chicago might be interested in the services of Ward, but Chicago might be done dealing after acquiring Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen. Still, it's something worth keeping in the back of your mind as we move towards the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline.
Mar 2 - 11:12 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks may be interested in the services of Joel Ward.

That's the rumor according to Tracey Myers of as Ward would be part of a package with Patrick Sharp going to Washington. With the trade deadline just two days away, there should be plenty of rumors in the next 53 hours.
Feb 28 - 10:06 AM

Joel Ward scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 in the second period but they were eventually able to tie the game on goals from Ward and Tom Wilson. The 34-year-old veteran now has 14 goals and 25 points in 61 games. Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich picked up the assists on Ward's goal. The loss ends Washington's four-game winning streak.
Feb 22 - 3:32 PM

Joel Ward had a goal and an assist in Washington's 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

Ward has 13 goals and 24 points in 58 contests this season. He set a new career-high in 2013-14 with 49 points, but how he's performed in 2014-15 is more consistent with his norm.
Feb 18 - 11:47 AM

Joel Ward picked up an assist in the Capitals 3-0 win Saturday.

Ward now has 10 goals and 18 points this season including three power play goals. His fantasy value is in his points as he has only six penalty minutes and a plus-three rating.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 11:11:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 01:06:00 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.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 08:41:00 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.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 10:41:00 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.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 09:24:00 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.
Tue, May 20, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Joel Ward
4Curtis Glencross
5Jason Chimera
RW1Troy Brouwer
2Eric Fehr
3Tom Wilson
4Jay Beagle
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Tim Gleason
7Nate Schmidt
8Dmitry Orlov
9John Erskine
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters