On Saturday, former Capitals player and treasured fan-favorite Joel Ward returned to DC to host a street hockey clinic. Ward and about 20 local kids, many of whom were players for the Fort Dupont Cannons, played a game of pick-up ball hockey at Watkins Recreation Center in Southeast DC.
Ward, who played four seasons with the Capitals before joining the San Jose Sharks as a UFA, retired from professional hockey last year. Ward spoke appreciatively of being back on the East Coast.
“It feels like home,” Ward said. “I’m just happy to be back in DC, it brings back a lot of memories from my playing days here, just seeing a lot of familiar faces.”