Ward In Washington: Capitals Alumnus Joel Ward Participates In Street Hockey Clinic, Ceremonial Puck Drop Before Capitals’ Black History Game

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Washington Capitals alumnus Joel Ward was back in the District this weekend taking part in a street hockey clinic on Saturday and participating in a ceremonial puck drop before the Capitals’ Black History Game on Sunday. Washington hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins in the noon matinee.

On Saturday at the Watkins Rec Center, Ward participated 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. He caught up with Cannons coach and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Neal Henderson.

Ward also announced the starting lineup.

He took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the Capitals’ Black History Game against the Penguins at noon. The team highlighted contributions made to both the sport of hockey and the organization by African-Americans. Ward walked onto the ice sporting a Black Girl Hockey Club sweater.

Following puck drop, Ward joined Capitals announcer John Walton calling the game.

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.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Ward In Washington: Capitals Alumnus Joel Ward Participates In Street Hockey Clinic, Ceremonial Puck Drop Before Capitals’ Black History Game

  1. Clifford Keefe says:

    Actually it was Pittsburgh’s Chris Letang who broke (interrupted?) Jakub Vrana’s 12 game drought by careening into his own goalie and sort of fumbling the puck over his back into the net, BUT I’LL TAKE IT!!

    Clifford

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