WASHINGTON (WUSA) --Capitals forward Joel Ward has no roots in Baltimore. No family. No history. He's never lived there. He's from Canada, in fact.
But that hasn't stopped him from becoming a die hard Baltimore Ravens fan.
"I've been a Ray Lewis fan for a long, long time. I kind of take pride in being a defensive forward, so I took to liking to them years ago," Ward told our all-star camera guy Dave Satchell after a recent practice.
Ward's passion for the Ravens isn't just moderate, though. He's got jersey's in black, purple and white. He's purchased Ravens scarves, jackets and gloves.He's caught a handful of games over the past few years -- including Ray Lewis' last home matchup against the Colts.Ward has befriended players like Ed Reed and Dannell Ellerbee throughout the years.
"I'm basically an obsessed groupie fan," said the laughing Ward.
Ward didn't elaborate, but said he had plenty of trash talk ready for Patriots fan and teammate Tom Poti last week. He, like many people, is getting the feeling that this is the Ravens year to shine.
"It seems like it's just destined for them to win. Torrey Smith battling his personal life; Ray Lewis retiring. You can just tell they are a close-knit family over there," admired Ward. "They have the leadership, a lot of character guys and even Hall of Famers."
As for a prediction for the game?
"Ravens win 24-17. Ed Reed will be the MVP, with the two picks."
The Capitals will host the Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday. It'll be interesting to see how Ward plays.