|6 ft 1 in (0 m)|
220 lb (100 kg)
|Born||December 2 1980,|
North York, ON, CAN
|Pro Career||2005 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Undrafted, Ward played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Platers. After completing his four-year junior career and his final year of eligibility with the Platers in 2000–01, Ward linked up with lower tier professional team the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the West Coast Hockey League to end the season. An unsigned free agent to start the 2001–02 season, Ward attended the Detroit Red Wings training camp on a try-out but was recruited and played collegiately for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers of the CIS.
Awarded Rookie of the year and the Panthers three time MVP while earning a degree in sociology in his four-year collegian career, Ward was invited to the Minnesota Wild's training camp in 2006. In his first full professional season he was assigned to the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, signing his first professional contract for the entire 2005–06 season.
After impressing with his work ethic, Ward earned a two-year deal with the Wild on September 27, 2006. Ward debuted in 11 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild during the 2006–07 season but primarily stayed with the Aeros, developing into a responsible two-way player and improving his points totals in each of his three years.
On July 15, 2008, Ward signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Nashville Predators. He made the opening night roster out of training camp for the 2008–09 season and scored his first NHL goal in his first game as a Predator against the St. Louis Blues on October 10, 2008.
As a 28 year old ineligible rookie he scored 17 goals in 79 games and his reliability as a defensive forward and success as a utility scoring forward led him to be re-signed to a two-year contract on July 1, 2009.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|1997–98||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||47||8||4||12||14||11||1||1||2||5|
|1998–99||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||58||19||16||35||23||16||2||4||6||0|
|1999–00||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||63||23||20||43||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||67||26||36||62||45||5||2||4||6||4|
|2000–01||Long Beach Ice Dogs||WCHL||—||—||—||—||—||8||0||0||0||0|
|2001–02||U. of Prince Edward Island||CIS||22||13||14||27||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||U. of Prince Edward Island||CIS||19||11||15||26||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||U. of Prince Edward Island||CIS||27||14||24||38||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||U. of Prince Edward Island||CIS||28||16||28||44||42||—||—||—||—||—|
References[edit | edit source]
- Right wing trio adds to NHL's expanding diversity. NHL (2009-02-02). Retrieved on 2010-06-08.
- Wild signs RW Joel Ward. Minnesota Wild (2006-09-27). Retrieved on 2011-05-08.
- Predators sign Free-Agent forward Joel Ward. Nashville Predators (2008-07-15). Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
- Tkachuk nets two power play goals, Blues drop Predators in opener. CBS Sports (2008-10-10). Retrieved on 2010-06-08.
- Trotz excited to have Ward back in the mix. Nashville Predators (2009-07-01). Retrieved on 2009-07-02.
- NHL Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
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