D.C. captain Dwayne De Rosario shares hometown with Caps' hero Ward
Dwayne De Rosario and Joel Ward
When Capitals' Right Wing Joel Ward scored nearly three minutes into overtime to seal Washington's Game 7 win over Boston, most of D.C. exploded in celebration. United captain Dwayne De Rosario - who attended two of the three first-round playoff games at Verizon Center - was no different.
"I was yelling," DeRo said of his reaction to Ward's game-winning effort. "I was sitting there watching the game and I was like - Joel scored - [There might have been] a couple profanities in there."
Introduced by a mutual friend, Ward and De Rosario have actually known each other for years. The pair hail from the working-class Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ontario and both have Caribbean roots. Ward's parents are originally from Barbados, while De Rosario is the son of Guyanese immigrants to Canada.
"To have a fellow Torontonian doing big things for D.C. is good," said the reigning Volkswagen MLS MVP. "I'm happy for him."
As a youngster, De Rosario was a big fan of the dominant Edmonton Oilers teams of the 1980's. While he admits to still being a supporter of his struggling hometown Maple Leafs, DeRo quickly adopted the Caps after moving to Washington last summer.
Apparently, United's captain knows a thing or two about hockey as he correctly picked both the outcome and exact score of Game 7 earlier in the week. For proof, check out Tuesday's practice notes.