Joel Ward BIO:
Finished the season T-1st on the team in plus/minus (+12). Missed 7 games (3/23-4/5) due to injury. Assisted on GWG on 2/25 at TOR..Scored his 6th goal of the season on 2/24 vs. MTL. Assisted on GWG on 1/11 vs. PIT. Scored his 1st goal since Nov. 5 on Jan. 7 at SJ. Scored his 4th goal of the season on 11/5 at NYI. Scored a goal and added an assist on 11/1 vs. ANA; fi rst multi-point game with WSH. Scored his 2nd goal of the season on 10/22 vs. DET. Scored his 1st goal of the season and with WSH on 10/20 at PHI...Tallied his 2nd assist in as many games on 10/10 vs. TB. Recorded his 100th career NHL point and 1st point as a Capital with his assist on 10/8 vs. CAR. Made his WSH debut on 10/8 vs. CAR. Finished ranked t-5th on the team in postseason points. Finished 5th on WSH in hits (28) during the playoffs. Ranked t-3rd on WSH in postseason assists. Had a three-game point streak (1G-2A) from 4/21-4/25. Scored the GWG at 2:57 of overtime in Game 7 of ECQF at BOS.
2010-11: Finished tied for ninth on NSH in points (29), tied for eighth in goals (10), eighth in assists (19) and seventh in penalty minutes (42). Finished second on NSH in gamewinning goals (4) and fourth in power play goals (5). Ranked fourth on the team with 157 shots. Ranked second among NSH forwards in blocked shots (57), third in takeaways (51) and fourth in hits (67). Set career highs in games played (80), penalty minutes, power play goals, game-winning goals, shots and hits. Played in his 200th career game on 1/5 at ANA. Scored in three consecutive games March 8-12, including back-to-back game-winning goals against MIN and COL. Went +11 in home games. Had four multipoint games. Led the team in goals (7), assists (6) and points (13) in 12 games during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. Recorded a point in 10 of NSH’s 12 postseason games (including two, five-game streaks). Had eight points (4g-4a) in the second round vs. VAN. Had three points (1g-2a) in Game 5 of the WCSF vs. VAN.
2009-10: Set a career high in assists (21). Also posted personal bests in shots (134) and average ice time (17:32). The team went 23-2-1 when he registered a point, and is 20-4-3 since the start of the 2008-09 season when he scores a goal. Tied a personal best in powerplay goals (3). Ranked third on the club in even-strength assists (20). Finished tied for 16th among NHL forwards in both blocked shots (62) and takeaways (62). Ranked second among team forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (1:56). Notched his first career three-point game (1g-2a) on Nov. 17 vs. SJ. Played in his 100th career NHL contest on Oct. 29 vs. CHI. NSH’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Missed 11 games due to injury. Playoffs: Tied for second on the team in goals (2) and third in points (4). Notched an assist in his NHL playoff debut in Game One. Scored his first career playoff goal and posted a +3 rating in Game Three. Scored the fourth shorthanded goal in the club’s playoff history in Game Five as part of his fi rst career multipoint performance in the playoffs (1g-1a). 2008-09: Tied for fourth on the club in goals (17) and ranked third in shooting percentage (12.8%). One of three Predators to notch multiple shorthanded goals (2). Tied for eighth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (69). Led NSH forwards in takeaways (60). Posted the first multi-goal/point game of his career with a pair, including the game winner, in a 3-0 victory over DAL on Dec. 13. Posted two four-game point streaks (3g-4a, Feb. 24-March 6; 2g-2a, March 28-April 3) and one three-game streak (4g-1a, March 16-19) in the final 21 games of the season.
2007-08: Led the Houston Aeros (AHL) in goals (21), points (41) and tied for second on the club in assists (20). Also ranked second on the Aeros in game-winning goals (5) and tied for the club lead in shorthanded markers (2).
2006-07: Appeared in 11 games with MIN, registering his first NHL point/assist in his fifth career game in his hometown of TOR on Dec. 26, 2006. 2005-06: Played his first professional season with Houston. Tied for second on Houston in goals (4) during the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. Also tied for the club lead in plus/minus rating (+4) during the 2006 postseason. Signed his first pro contract with Houston (AHL) on Dec. 4, 2005.
Played four seasons at the University of Prince Edward Island (2001-05), notching 135 points (76g-76a) in 96 games.
2004-05: Earned AUS conference MVP honors, the CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player award and was named to the CIS All-Canada team as a senior. Named U.P.E.I.’s team MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. One of just three U.P.E.I. Panther alumni to have appeared in an NHL contest. Spent four seasons with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) from 1997-2001, registering 152 points (76g-76a) in 235 games.
Signed with MIN as a free agent, September 27, 2006. Signed with NSH as a free agent, July 14, 2008. Signed with Washington as a free agent, July 1, 2011.
Nickname: “Ward-o” or “Moose”. Active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiatives. Has a sociology degree from U.P.E.I. Favorites include West Indian food (favorite food), Bob Marley and Nas (musicians), Barbados (vacation destination), Toronto Blue Jays (non-hockey sports team), Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (book) and Adam Graves (player growing up). Lists Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. as the historical figures he would have most like to have met. Has a cat named Leo.