SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that defenseman Joel Ward (@JRandalWard42) has been selected as the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) “Sharks Player of the Month” for November.
Ward led the Sharks in goals (7), points (11) and was T-4th in assists (4) during the month of October. He currently ranks T-3rd amongst all NHL players in goals and is T-19th in points. More so, Ward leads the league in face-off percentage at 62.7% amongst players with at least 50 face-offs taken.
Ward recorded a hat trick on Oct. 24, 2015 versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the second hat trick of his career and first hat trick of the season by a Sharks player. The North York, Ontario, native has registered a point in seven of the 11 games he has played in this season.
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team's success each month. The Sharks Player of the Month and Year award program has donated more than $300,000 to the Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
This is the first player of the month recognition for Ward.
For a complete list of the previous winners of the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" Award, please click here.