Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joel Ward
Joel Ward was born February 21, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario. Undrafted, Ward honed his skills with the University of Prince Edward Island.

A tenacious forechecker, Ward collected 152 points over four years with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack. He would go on to attend the University of Prince Edward Island where he would spend four years and collect 135 points with the club. Although Ward was not drafted, the Minnesota Wild signed the free agent to a one-year contract on September 27, 2006. Ward's first professional season would be spent with the Wild's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros. The following season he would return to the Houston line-up before making his NHL debut with the Wild on December 16, 2006.

A late bloomer, Ward began to emerge as a solid two-way player for the Predators. In 2008-2009 he potted a career best 17 goals and followed that up 13 the following season while continuing his solid defensive play.

In the summer of 2011, after three successful seasons in Nashville, Ward found himself an unrestricted free agent. He signed a four-year deal with the Washington Capitals reportedly worth $12 million.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
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 University of Prince Edward Island CIS 22 13 14 27 16
2002-03 University of Prince Edward Island CIS 19 11 15 26 24
2003-04 University of Prince Edward Island CIS 27 14 24 38 42
2004-05 University of Prince Edward Island CIS 28 16 28 44 42
2005-06 Houston Aeros AHL 66 8 14 22 34 +8 8 4 2 6 4
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 11 0 1 1 0 0
2006-07 Houston Aeros AHL 64 9 14 23 45 -1
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 79 21 20 41 47 +12 4 0 2 2 0
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 79 17 18 35 29 +1
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 71 13 21 34 18 -5 6 2 2 4 2
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 80 10 19 29 42 -1 12 7 6 13 6
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 73 6 12 18 20 +12 14 1 4 5 6
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 39 8 12 20 12 +7 7 1 3 4 6
NHL Totals 353 54 83 137 121 39 11 15 26 20


Signed as a free agent by Houston (AHL), December 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 27, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 14, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2011.