Shark’ Ward will not kneel during national anthem.

SAN JOSE — Joel Ward will stand during the national anthem the next time he suits up for an NHL game with the Sharks.

Ward, who’s expected to be in the lineup when the Sharks take on the Anaheim Ducks in Orange County for their fourth preseason game Thursday night, released a statement on Twitter Thursday morning stating that he will not join the social protest against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem because he believes, “the original message that was trying to be communicated had been lost.”

The veteran forward, who’s one of about 30 black players in the NHL, said that progress can be made in a variety of different ways.

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