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Washington Capitals alumnus Joel Ward is back in the District this weekend taking part in a street hockey clinic on Saturday, February 22 and participating in a ceremonial puck drop before the Capitals’ Black History Game on Sunday, February 23. Washington hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins in the noon matinee.
On Saturday at 12:30 P.M. at the Watkins Rec Center, Ward will participate in a street hockey clinic with local children including Fort Dupont Cannons players.
Ward has been involved in numerous practices with the Cannons during his four years in Washington. Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America.
The following day, Ward will take part in a ceremonial puck drop before the Capitals’ Black History Game against the Penguins at noon. The team will spotlight contributions made to both the sport of hockey and the organization by African-Americans.
After three seasons with the Nashville Predators, Ward became an unrestricted free agent after the 2010-11 season and signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Capitals. Perhaps his most memorable moment was scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Capitals to a 2-1 win in Game 7 over the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He signed a three-year, $9.75 million dollar deal with the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 2015. Once his contract expired, Ward attended the Montréal Canadiens training camp on a professional tryout (PTO), but Montréal released him.
Ward announced his retirement from professional hockey on February 11, 2019.
From the Capitals
Washington Capitals alumnus Joel Ward will participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the Capitals Black History Game on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Capital One Arena at noon.
Throughout the game, the Caps will highlight the countless contributions made to both the sport of hockey and the Capitals organization by African-Americans.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, Ward will participate in a street hockey clinic with local children including Fort Dupont Cannons players at 12:30 p.m. at Watkins Rec Center in Washington, D.C.
While with the Capitals, Ward participated in multiple practices with the Fort Dupont Cannons at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C. Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America.
During Ward’s career with the Capitals, the Capitals and NHL unveiled a refurbished Watkins rink as part of the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic legacy project.
Ward appeared in 276 games with the Capitals from the 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons, registering 121 points (57g, 64 a). During the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Boston Bruins, Ward scored the series-clinching game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Caps to a 2-1 win in Game 7.
By Della Young