When the USA Olympic hockey team takes the ice next week, there will be three teammates from the St. Louis Blues on the ice. Along with David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk, T.J. Oshie will lace up the skates and try to help the U/S/ Olympic team win the gold medal in Sochi, Russia.
Oshie was born in Washington State and played high school hockey in Minnesota at Warroad High School. In school, Oshie was standout player and led his team to two Minnesota Class-A state titles. Oshie joined the University of North Dakota, recording 45, 52 and 45 points respectively in his three seasons.
Oshie decided to forgo his senior year in order to play in the NHL. Signing a contract with the Blues, Oshie became an instant hit with the fans. His on-ice antics won him “goal of the year” honors in a fan-voted contest.
In 55 games this year, Oshie has tallied 13 goals and 32 assists for St. Louis and has them towards the top of the Western Conference. Starting next week, though, Oshie will be called upon to help lead the U.S. team. Still not certain who the starting goalie will be nor the line combinations, it’ll be interesting to see who gets paired with who.
This year’s Olympic team doesn’t have all the big-name players like some of the other teams, but that’s okay. You don’t need big names to have a good team. Oshie and company will try to bring the gold medal back starting next week.