The former player of the national hockey League (NHL) Joel Ward announced that he was officially retiring from professional hockey Monday.
The one who had obtained a testing professional for the Montreal canadiens during the training camp 2018 has decided to share his decision in a text composed for the website The Players Tribune.
“I know that I have not played in the last two years, but I tried. I would have hoped for me to remove another way, but in reflecting on my 786 games [in the NHL], I realized something. […] I had what I wanted. I am one of the lucky ones.”
Never drafted, Ward played four seasons with the University of l’île-du-Prince-Édouard to the result of his course of four years in the junior League of Ontario.
In 2005-2006, he was then hired by the club-school of the Wild of Minnesota in the american League, the Aeros in Houston. The following season, he won 11 games for the formation of the NHL.
Ward then wore the colours of the Predators of Nashville (2008 to 2011), Washington Capitals (2011 to 2015) and the San Jose Sharks (2015 to 2018). In the fall of 2018, he had been cut off by the Habs after having played a few parties out of the contest.
In total, the right wing has hit the target 133 times and provided 171 assists for 304 points in 726 meetings. He has also added 22 goals and 30 helpers for 52 points in 83 games during the playoffs.