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Joel Ward gets trapped in bathroom stall, rescued by teammates

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Joel Ward got a little help from his friends including John Carlson (left).(USATSI)
Joel Ward got a little help from his friends including John Carlson (left) Saturday. (USATSI)

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Oh, hockey players. You can't take these guys anywhere.

While sharing breakfast with teammates at the Omni hotel in Dallas, Capitals forward Joel Ward excused himself to go to the restroom. What happened next is probably part of everyone's worst nightmare when using a public bathroom.

Ward couldn't get out of the stall. He was trapped.

He shared the story of his ordeal with Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.

“I tried to come out and I flipped the switch a little bit but it wasn't really coming undone,” said Ward, who after a morning of being teased mercilessly by his teammates took the whole experience in stride. “I'm in panic mode because I realized the door wasn't going to open on me. I texted Karl [Alzner] to see if he was still around.”

Alzner and several other teammates came in to assess the situation, had a good laugh and a few waited for backup to arrive. But even when hotel staff showed up, they couldn't get the door to open, either.

“Basically we had the whole Dallas SWAT team come in and still couldn't open the door,” Ward said, exaggerating just a bit. “The latch on the inside where I was would turn but the bolt wouldn't move, I think it was stripped. The bolt was just chilling.”

According to Ward's account, the space under the stall was too small for the 6-foot-1, 226-pound forward to wiggle under. So defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson finally found a solution and sprung into action.

“They got a ladder and Karl and Carly [John Carlson] pretty much carried me like a log,” Ward told Carrera. “I sat there for 40 minutes, listening to toilet flushes all morning.”

John Carlson shared the triumphant photo of the newly-freed Ward.

That's teamwork right there.

The Capitals take on the Stars in Dallas Saturday night, thankfully with Ward in the lineup.

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