The San Jose Sharks were without Joel Ward on Tuesday as the right wing sat out their road game against the Vancouver Canucks with an undisclosed injury.
It marked the third contest missed this season by Ward, whose ailment was described by San Jose coach Peter DeBoer as being “minor” on the team’s Twitter account. The 35-year-old Ward has had a productive first season with the Sharks, scoring 21 goals – three shy of his career high set with the Washington Capitals in 2013-14 – and setting up 21 others in 74 games.
Undrafted after spending four seasons at the University of Prince Edward Island, Ward signed a contract with Minnesota on September 27, 2006 and appeared in 11 games with the Wild in 2006-07, notching one assist. He spent the following campaign in the American Hockey League before inking a deal with the Nashville Predators, for whom he played the next three seasons.
Ward went on to sign a four-year, $12 million contract with Washington, where he set a career high with 49 points in 2013-14. He appeared in all 82 games for the Capitals in each of his final two seasons with the club before inking a three-year, $9.75 million deal with the Sharks on July 3, 2015.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Ward has collected 118 goals and 144 assists in 591 regular-season games with the Wild, Predators, Capitals and Sharks while registering 14 tallies and 35 points in 53 playoff contests with Nashville and Washington. A native of North York, Ontario, he recorded six goals and three assists in eight games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.