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Sharks confirm Joel Ward underwent right shoulder surgery

Joel Ward #42 of the San Jose Sharks fixes his helmet during the NHL game agains the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on December 15, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)
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San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward recently had surgery on his right shoulder, the team’s general manager Doug Wilson announced Friday in a statement.

“Joel was dealing with a minor shoulder injury last season and, once the season ended, had a choice to either rehab the injury or to have a surgical procedure,” Wilson said. “Joel opted to proceed with the surgical procedure, which was completed successfully, and he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season.”

Ward, who collected 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 78 regular-season games, was wearing a sling Thursday when the Oakland A’s hosted the Boston Red Sox and the two Bay Area teams held a cross-promotion, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Sharks did not mention when they believed Ward sustained the injury. He played in all of the Sharks’ postseason games before they were knocked out in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Edmonton Oilers.

Ward’s injury adds to a lengthy list for the Sharks since their elimination from the playoffs. Joe Thornton had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee but, like Ward, is expected to be ready for the 2017-18 season.

Patrick Marleau (broken thumb), Tomas Hertl (broken foot),  Joonas Donskoi (separated shoulder) and Logan Couture (facial fracture) were also nursing injuries during and after the postseason.

Ward signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Sharks in July 2015 after spending four seasons with the Washington Capitals and three seasons with the Nashville Predators.

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