We asked you, our fans, to submit your questions for Preds forward Joel Ward. NashvillePredators.com sat down with Ward today and asked him your questions. Check below to see Joel's answers.
How did you first get involved in being a mentor to children in the community? Was there one person or event that inspired you? (Heather B., Clarksville, TN) “I got in contact with Lis Couser. I met her at the team's Foundation Gala about a year ago—last year’s Gala. It was just something I kind of wanted to do, and she kind of made me get over the hump and pushed me to do it.”
What influenced you to play hockey as a kid? (Rayshawn M., Brooklyn, NY) “I have two older brothers so they kind of influenced me. Growing up, I was the smaller brother around the rink and kind of just fell in love with it and kept going with it.”
What surprised you the most about the city of Nashville and the Predators fans? (Patty C., Nashville, TN) “I’d say their love for hockey. I was very surprised by the strong attendance at games; all the sellout crowds. Just to see the all the people’s passion, intensity and the standing ovations during games, it’s pretty cool to see.”
What is your most memorable play as a Predator? (Nicholaus D., Camden, TN) “I’d say scoring my first goal when I first got here against St. Louis. I got a pass from JP Dumont. That one sticks out in my mind for sure.”
What do you attribute the success of your line with Legwand and Erat? What do each of you bring to the table that makes the line click? (Michael B., Pleasant View, TN) “Basically, they make it easy for me. They’re both good skaters and good puck handlers. I just have to get open. I kind of let them do the majority of the work. I just try to create space for them as much as I can and try to make plays. If I’ve got to go to the net with my stick on the ice, I can have a chance to get some rebounds, etc.”
Why do you break so many sticks? Out of anger or awesomeness? (Brent T., Thompson Station, TN) “I think it’s out of the bad company that makes them, haha. No, I don’t mean to break sticks. Sometimes it just happens whether I block a shot with it or sometimes it’s just wear and tear. Sometimes they just start to break down. I purposefully don’t try to. It just kind of happens in the games. Hopefully, I can kind of get that corrected for the playoffs.”