Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward nominated for Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy

  • Ben Lasky
Photo: scarletcaps.com

Photo: scarletcaps.com

Capitals’ forward Joel Ward is a 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Each team in the NHL has one nominee, and the winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

While Ward is proud of the accomplishment, the nomination is bittersweet, the 33-year-old told Monumental Network.

It’s always tough these times. You always want to share these moments with your parents. From the road you came up and all the encouragement, my dad always encouraged me, before even I did. When I was a kid I kinda was just going through the motions of playing hockey. I loved the game obviously, but he installed in me a will and the belief, and as I got older I knew I could kinda make a push at it and maybe I could do this and make a living at it…My mother’s a hardworking lady as well, and since my father passed she had to take on that role.

The North York, Ontario native is having the best year of his six-year career, with 22 goals and 43 points in 77 games.

Ward said that one of his dreams growing up was to play in the NHL, while adding, “and to one day raise the Stanley Cup, I’ve always dream of that as well, so hopefully that comes true.” However, with only five games remaining in the Caps’ season and four teams in front of them in the Wild Card standings vying for two playoff spots, it appears Ward will have to wait at least another year to complete that dream.

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