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Joel Ward | Winger | #42

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 226
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Joel Ward scored another big goal Saturday as his third period marker tied the game at two.
The goal was Ward's seventh of the post-season and it sent the game into overtime where Joonas Donskoi popped the game-winner to give the Sharks their first ever win in Stanley Cup Final play. Ward has been terrific in the playoffs and his off-season signing by the Sharks has paid dividends throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. He is a late-round pick at best next season in deeper pools. Jun 5 - 11:13 AM

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Joel Ward believes number 22 should be retired throughout the NHL in honor of Willie O'Ree.

O'Ree was the first black hockey player to play in the NHL. "I definitely think Willie should be recognized for sure," Ward said. "The league obviously does that with task force but I do think that Willie should definitely be a big part of the league for sure for what he did. It’s a no-brainer. Without Willie, it would be tough for me to be sitting here today. I definitely think Willie should be a big part of this." Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
May 29 - 6:22 PM

Forward Joel Ward scored two goals to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the visiting St. Louis Blues 5-2 Wednesday night and advance to the Stanley Cup Championship Series for the first time in their history.

The Sharks coasted to the victory, grabbing a 4-0 lead before the Blues could break San Jose's shutout bid with a goal at 11:39 of the third period. Ward's goals were his fifth and sixth of the postseason. He also netted two in the Sharks' 6-3 triumph over the Blues in St. Louis on Monday. Logan Couture also had a big night for San Jose Wednesday, notching three points -- two assists and an empty-net goal. He assisted on Ward's second goal, which gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead early in the third. Couture then assisted on the Sharks' fourth goal, scored by Joonas Donskoi, his fifth of the postseason. Couture's goal, at 19:40 of the third period, was his eighth of the postseason. He also has 16 assists. Joe Pavelski opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first period with his 15th goal of the playoffs. The Sharks won the Western Conference Final in six games. They will face the Eastern Conference Final winner -- Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay -- in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 25 - 11:50 PM

Joel Ward scored twice in San Jose's 6-3 win over St. Louis on Monday.

Ward now has four goals and nine points in 17 playoff contests. In his postseason career he's up to 18 goals and 44 points in 70 games.
May 24 - 10:09 AM

Joel Ward got a maintenance day, so he didn't practice Saturday.

However, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said Ward would play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday.
May 14 - 6:21 PM

Joel Ward tucked in his second goal of the playoffs during Thursday's 5-0 Game 7 win over Nashville.

With a head of speed Ward tipped a loose puck past the Nashville on the left side, raced in alone on Rinne, and flubbed a deke well enough to slip the puck through the five-hole. All's well that ends well. The goal gave San Jose a 2-0 lead they'd only build on. Ward now has seven points in 12 games this postseason.
May 13 - 12:13 AM

Joel Ward dangled his way to a dagger of a goal in Friday's 5-2 Game 1 win over Nashville.

While in full stride, Ward received Joonas Donskoi's saucer pass on the backhand, dipped his shoulder and walked around the frozen Pekka Rinne for the slamdunk goal. The tally made it 2-1 Sharks with 8:11 to play, and a lead they'd never look back from. Ward also picked up an assist, giving him a goal and five points in six postseason games thus far.
Apr 30 - 1:55 AM

Joel Ward registered an assist in San Jose's 3-2 victory against Los Angeles in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Ward has three assists in four games in this series. During the regular season he had 21 goals and 43 points in 79 contests.
Apr 21 - 11:46 AM

Joel Ward collected a pair of helpers during Thursday's Game 1 win over LA by the score of 4-3.

Ward is simply one of those guys who can turn it up in the playoffs. He has 263 points in 596 career regular season games, but is now up to 37 points in 54 career playoff games. Simply remarkable.
Apr 15 - 1:56 AM

Joel Ward was back in for the Sharks on Thursday.

He sat out Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury. Ward had two shots and a minus-2 rating in 17:21 of ice time against Vancouver. He skated with Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi in a 4-2 loss.
Apr 1 - 3:10 AM

Joel Ward will miss Tuesday's match due to an undisclosed "minor" injury.

Consider the veteran forward day-to-day. The Sharks will face the Canucks again on Thursday before playing the Predators on Saturday. Ward has come as advertised for San Jose, posting 21 goals and 42 points with 53 blocks and 64 hits through 74 games thus far.
Mar 29 - 8:47 PM

Joel Ward scored a shorthanded goal in a 4-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday.

The goal was his first shorthanded goal of the season, and first since the 2013-14 season. He has proved to be a quality pickup for the Sharks and now has 21 goals and 42 points in 73 games this season. Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks.
Mar 26 - 6:49 PM

Joel Ward scored a goal in a 3-0 win over Arizona on Sunday night.

Ward has been a great pickup for the Sharks this season. He now has 20 goals to go along with 21 assists on the year. He has played more of the season alongside Patrick Marleau and it has done him well. If the Sharks make the playoffs, they’ll be happy to have Ward in their lineup because some of his best hockey has been played during the playoffs.
Mar 21 - 12:40 AM

Joel Ward scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Ward opened the scoring at the 7:50 mark of the second period and he extended San Jose's lead to 3-1 in the third frame. The 35-year-old has 19 goals and 40 points in 69 games this season. Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski also found the back of the net for the Sharks.
Mar 19 - 6:50 PM

Joel Ward scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ward tied the game at one in the opening minutes of the second period, and added an assist Matt Nieto's game-winning goal in the third period. Ward has recorded three points in his last three contests. The 35-year-old has 16 goals and 34 points in 53 games this season. He's on pace to score a career-high 51 points.
Feb 16 - 10:47 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Chris Tierney
4Nick Spaling
LW1Tomas Hertl
2Mikkel Boedker
3Patrick Marleau
4Matthew Nieto
5Melker Karlsson
6Dainius Zubrus
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Tommy Wingels
4Joonas Donskoi
5Micheal Haley
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7Roman Polak
8David Schlemko
9Matt Tennyson
G1Martin Jones