Former Capitals forward Joel Ward announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, ending an 11-year career in the league.  

Following the announcement Tom Wilson and John Carlson took to Twitter to congratulate their former teammate on an amazing career. 

“You were one of the best teammates and mentor a guy could have asked from coming in to the league! Congrats on an amazing career. Cheers to the next chapter!” Wilson said. 

“Congrats on a great career pal and can't wait to see what this next phase in life holds for you!”

Ward played in 726 NHL games with four different teams, including the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks and the Washington Capitals.

Ward came to Washington in 2011 and played for the Capitals for four years. 

He scored the Game 7 overtime winner in the 2012 playoff series against the Boston Bruins, a memory Caps fans will never forget.

In a letter written in The Players’ Tribune, entitled “726” Ward wrote, “Hockey is a beautiful game, and it works in mysterious ways.” 

“Some players, they end on a perfect high, some have it taken from them. But me, I kind of thought it was fitting that I went out the way I came in — without anybody really noticing.”

Ward went to training camp with the Montreal Canadiens in 2018-19 but was unable to get another shot. 


Being a dad was also a contributing factor. 

“That’s, I think, what made me ready to call it a career,” Ward said. “I just wanted to be a dad.”

He finished his career with 133 goals and 177 assists. 

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