T. J. Oshie

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T. J. Oshie
Oshie with the Blues in 2014.
Born (1986-12-23) December 23, 1986 (age 28)
Mount Vernon, WA, USA[1][2]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2008–present

Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie[1] (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by St. Louis in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the 24th overall pick.

Early years[edit]

Born in Mount Vernon, Washington,[2] Oshie was raised in Everett, north of Seattle, and was on ice at age five in the Seattle Junior Hockey Association, where he played for 10 years.[3] Following his parents' amicable divorce, he lived in Stanwood with his mother Tina and attended Stanwood High School for his freshman year. In 2002, Oshie moved to Warroad, Minnesota, where his parents were originally from, and lived with his father, Tim, and his father's cousin. He attended Warroad High School,[4] where he was a star player on the hockey team for three seasons, leading the club to two Minnesota State Class A titles in 2003 and 2005. He made the state's All-Tournament Team all three years. With 100 points (37 goals, 63 assists) in 31 games as a senior, he led all Minnesota high school players in scoring. He was subsequently named to 2005 Associated Press and Pioneer Press All-State First Team and was a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist.[5] At the completion of his senior season with the Warriors in 2004–05, he joined the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for 11 games. In the off-season, he was selected 24th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

North Dakota Fighting Sioux[edit]

Following his draft, he played for the University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for three seasons.[6] Scoring a team-leading 24 goals as a freshman, he added 21 assists for 45 points total. He also set a school record with nine game-winning goals in the season, which also led all NCAA players. He was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and the WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team.[5]

In his sophomore year, he improved to 52 points (17 goals and 35 assists), ranking second in team scoring. He earned Third Team All-WCHA and received the Fighting Sioux's Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award, given to the player who demonstrates hard work, determination, while generating excitement on the ice. Following North Dakota's WCHA playoff run, Oshie led all players with eight points (four goals and four assists) in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, earning NCAA West All-Tournament honors. He played his last season with North Dakota as a junior, recording 45 points in 42 games.[5]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Oshie in 2014.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks, February 21, 2011.

On May 13, 2008, Oshie opted to forgo his senior season with the University of North Dakota and signed with the St. Louis Blues.[7] He scored his first career NHL goal on October 22, 2008, against the Detroit Red Wings. Oshie quickly became a fan favorite due to his fast and energetic style of play. Playing in 57 games, Oshie collected 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points during his rookie year. At the end of the season, he won the NHL's 2008–09 "Goal of the Year" honors, a fan-voted contests on the league's website. [8]

Oshie broke his ankle in a fight with Sammy Pahlsson during a blowout loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets early in the 2010–11 season, missing three months due to the injury.

In 2011–12, Oshie had 19 goals and 35 assists for a career-high 54 points.[9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for United States USA
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Sweden/Finland

Oshie played with the United States national team at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver. Following the Blues' elimination in the 2009 NHL playoffs, he received his first senior national team cap for the 2009 IIHF World Championship. Oshie also competed for the USA in the 2010 IIHF World Championship, scoring 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games. In 2012, he was the last addition of the USA roster after the Blues were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On January 1, 2014, Oshie was named to the United States' roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics along with St. Louis teammates David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk.[10] Oshie was a player on the "bubble" as he was one of several American-born players being considered for one of Team USA's final roster spots. Oshie was eventually chosen because of his success rate in shootouts.[11] On February 15, in a preliminary-round game against Russia, Oshie was repeatedly selected by Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma to participate in a shootout against the Russian team that ultimately resulted in a 3–2 American victory.[12] Oshie was the first of three shooters to face Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the shootout, and was followed by teammates James van Riemsdyk and Joe Pavelski. After the score remained tied after the first three rounds, international rules stipulated that coaches could re-use players as often as desired. Oshie was subsequently tabbed by Bylsma five consecutive times, ultimately converting 4 of 6 shot attempts including the game winner in the 8th round of the shootout.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Oshie has three siblings; a brother Taylor and two sisters, Tawni and Aleah Hangsleben. [2] At the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Oshie majored in general studies.[5] His first cousin, Gary Sargent, and second cousin, Henry Boucha, played in the NHL. Oshie and his fianceé Lauren Cosgrove have a daughter, Lyla.[16]

Oshie is from the Anishinaabe or Ojibwe Nation; his name in Ojibwe language or Anishnaabemowin, "Keeway Gaaboo" means "Coming Home".[17] Giiwe translates roughly as s/he returns home. If the -aaboo in Gaaboo refers to water, then this name may evoke the poetic image of water that, by traveling downhill inevitably will find its way home to a larger body of water such as the Great Lakes or the sea. His father is Anishnaabe.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 11 3 2 5 6
2005–06 University of North Dakota NCAA 43 24 21 45 33
2006–07 University of North Dakota NCAA 43 17 35 52 30
2007–08 University of North Dakota NCAA 42 18 27 45 57
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 14 25 39 30 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 18 30 48 36
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 12 22 34 15
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 19 35 54 50 9 0 3 3 6
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 7 13 20 15 6 2 0 2 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 21 39 60 42 5 2 0 2 2
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 19 36 55 51 6 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 443 110 200 310 239 30 5 4 9 12


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 1 0 1 10
2009 United States WC 4th 9 1 2 3 2
2010 United States WC 13th 6 4 2 6 2
2013 United States WC 3rd 4 1 0 1 2
2014 United States Oly 4th 3 1 3 4 2
Junior totals 7 1 0 1 10
Senior totals 22 7 7 14 8

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2005–06
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2006 [19]
All-WCHA Third Team 2006–07
All-WCHA First Team 2007–08
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2007–08
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2008 [19]


  1. ^ a b Ian Walker (2011-04-04). "Gross Misconduct Q&A with T.J. Oshie". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Morosi, Jon Paul (December 21, 2005). "Oshie, family realize their dream on ice". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.seattlejrtotems.com/page/show/43476-t-j-oshie
  4. ^ Muhlstein, Julie (February 5, 2014). "Hockey mom to see son play in Sochi". Everett Herald. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "T. J. Oshie". University of North Dakota. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  6. ^ "T.J. Oshie Official Player Page". NHL.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  7. ^ "T.J. Oshie is Latest WCHA Player to Leave Early – Signs with NHL's St. Louis Blues". WCHA.com. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2009-04-05. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Oshie, Lucic MacDonald win Fans Choice Awards". National Hockey League. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  9. ^ "T.J. Oshie". hockeydb.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "St. Louis Blues: Blues Will Be Very Well Represented in the Winter Olympics". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "T.J. Sochi: Oshie lifts USA over Russia in shootout". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Game Summary: USA 3, Russia 2" (PDF). stats.iihf.com. February 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "T.J. Oshie leads USA to thrilling shootout win over Russia". USA Today. February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Oshie's Heroics Lift USA to a Win: Blues forward scored four times in a shootout to help defeat Russia". NHL.com. February 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Hockey: US tops Russia in OT thriller". CNN.com. February 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ O'Neill, Dan (2014-03-17). "Oshie baby arrives; T.J. won't skate tonight". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  17. ^ http://section8ahockeyblog.blogspot.ca/2008/04/keeway-gaaboo-symbol-of-pride-for.html
  18. ^ "The Hug Heard Around The World". Sports on Earth.
  19. ^ a b "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marek Schwarz
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Erik Johnson