Ace hockey player, T J Oshie is the prolific right-winger of the National Hockey League Team, Washington Capitals whose fast and energetic style of play has been an inspiration to younger players. Having been picked as the 24th overall by St. Louis Blues during the National Hockey League Entry Draft in 2005, Oshie has stepped up his game and this is evident in his exceptional performance on the playfield.
More so, it is known that he aided his team to emerge as the winner of the Stanley Cup Championship in the year 2018. However, T J’s long walk to becoming one of the best in his field is traced back to his young days as a high schooler.
T J Oshie Has Been Passionate About Hockey Right From His Childhood Years
The apt National Hockey League right-winger was born as Timothy Leif “T. J.” Oshie on the 23rd of December 1986 in Mount Vernon, Washington, United States. His parents, Tim and Tina Oshie are also parents to his siblings Taylor, Tawni, and Aleah Hangsleben with whom he spent his early years in Everett, Seattle.
However, while growing up, T J Oshie had to divide his time between his parents who got separated; he partly stayed with his mother who resided in Stanwood, and his father at Warroad in Minnesota. As a result of this, the skilled player attended different high schools which include Stanwood high school and Warroad high school where he graduated from in 2005.
While at Warroad high school, he was a member of the school’s hockey team where he became an elite player and aided them to two Minnesota State Class A titles. With his prolific scoring records of 37 goals, 63 assists with 100 points on 31 games he played in his senior year, Oshie was named to the All-Tournament Team thrice. T J was also named on the 2005 Associated Press, Pioneer Press All-State First Team as well as landing a spot as a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist.
Upon completion of high school, T J began playing in the United States Hockey League for the Sioux Falls Stampede and was later picked by St. Louis Blues as the 24th overall during the National Hockey League entry draft in 2005. That same year, he enrolled at the University of North Dakota situated in Grand Forks. There, he continued with his prolific playing style as he established a school record of nine game-winning goals in his freshman season.
He Has Close Family Ties With Notable Players In The National Hockey League
It is known that T J Oshie is not the only popular personality in his family as some of his family members are also quite popular. One such person includes his cousin, Gary Sargent, a retired player of the National Hockey League. At the beginning of his career, he started playing for the Los Angeles Kings where he plied his trade for 3 seasons before moving on to the Minnesota North Stars where he played for 5 years before retiring in 1983.
Likewise his other cousin, Henry Boucha played 247 games in over 6 seasons in the National Hockey League. Both Boucha and Gary were known to have represented the United States at international games during the course of their careers.
The prolific player’s dad, Tim Oshie is also known to have worked as a coach of a youth hockey team. During that time, he helped to groom his son to the skilled player he is today. Sadly, he is no longer active in the sports as he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 although he still shares in his son’s joys as evident at the 2018 Stanley Cup victory.
The Hockey Player Is A Proud Family Man With 3 Adorable Kids
T J Oshie is married to his sweetheart, Lauren Cosgrove whom he dated for quite sometime before exchanging vows in July 2015. The pair who had already welcomed their first daughter, Lyla Grace Oshie in 2014 before their wedding, had their second daughter, Leni Rose in 2017. After the birth of Lyla, she spent some time in the hospital as she was diagnosed with gastroschisis for which she underwent surgery a few weeks after birth.
The beautiful wife of the hockey player also delivered their third child recently in March 2020. The excited couple took to their Instagram pages to announce the arrival of their little man, Campbell Richard Oshie. The beautiful family of 4 currently reside in McLean, Virginia.
He Commenced His Professional Career With The St. Louis Blues In 2008
After spending three years at the University of North Dakota, T J Oshie went ahead to forgo his final year in school by joining St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL) in May 2008. During his rookie year, he registered 25 assists, 14 goals for 39 points in 57 games played. He became known for his energy and in no time, his fan base started to expand. The evidence of this was seen at the end of the 2008-09 season when Oshie went home with the ‘Goal of the Year’ title which was compiled from fan’s votes on the leagues
In the subsequent years that followed, Oshie continued to improve on his game but for an injury he sustained during the 2010-11 season, he missed about 3 months. Upon his return, he played or only 2 more seasons for which he recorded 21 goals along with 39 assists for an impressive record of 60 points in his final season with the team in 2013-14
St. Louis Blues Traded Him Off To Washington Capitals In 2015
In mid-2015, the St.Louis Blues traded T J Oshie to the Washington Capitals for 2 other players. Oshie continued to showcase his skills on his new team with a career-high of 26 goals in his first season with the team. This trend continued for the subsequent seasons leading to 2017 when he signed a contract extension with the Capitals which will last for another 8 years.
Later in 2018, the ace player led his team to Stanley Cup Championship victory as they recorded their first-ever win in the championship. More so, he was named early in among the 2020 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game which also had the like of Mitch Marner, Quinn Hughes, and David Perron on it.
T J Has Represented The United States In International Playoffs
Beyond his career in the National Hockey League, Oshie has also been privileged to represent the United States of America in several international sports tournaments. During one of such tournaments at the 2013 Sweden/Finland Ice Hockey World Championships, the skilled player won a bronze medal.
The hockey star was also present at the 2014 Winter Olympic alongside other players like from his former teammates David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk from the Blues. The U.S team that was eventually assembled for that tournament performed quite well and T J is contributed to the outstanding performance during the period.