SAN JOSE–Sharks forward Joel Ward, 36, sustained a minor shoulder injury this past season, and he underwent surgery, GM Doug Wilson disclosed.
The announcement was made on Friday, May 19, a day after the North York, Ontario, Canada native was seen at the Oakland A’s baseball game with a sling on his right arm.The right winger’s surgery was successful and Ward is expected to be ready for training camp for the upcoming season, which will commence in September.
In 78 games during the 2016-2017 season, Ward posted 10 goals and 19 assists for a total of 29 points (his lowest in one full season since 2011-2012). The Sharks reached the Western Conference First Round, during which they lost to the Edmonton Oilers in six games. Ward attained one goal and three assists (four points) during the series.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ward helped the Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup Final with 43 points, comprised of 21 goals and 23 assists. They lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
Ward currently holds 292 points, comprised of 128 goals and 164 assists, in 674 NHL games. Prior to the Sharks, with whom he signed in 2015 as an unrestricted free agent, he commenced his NHL career in 2005 with the Minnesota Wild and went on to play for the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals.