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T.J. Oshie: Olympic hero and 12th Man
You can take the hockey player out of the Pacific Northwest, but apparently it is a lot harder to take the 12th Man out of the hockey player.
T.J. Oshie, the star of the United States’ hockey victory over the host Russians at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Saturday, was born in Mount Vernon and attended Lowell Elementary School and Evergreen Middle School in Everett before moving to Minnesota as a teenager and playing at the University of North Dakota.
But even though he’s now a member of St. Louis Blues of the NHL, as well as the U.S. Olympic hockey team, Oshie remains a Seahawks fans. The proof is in this recent tweet:
Hmmm. We would suggest the No. 3 jersey of quarterback Russell Wilson, because Oshie’s performance in Saturday’s shootout allowed the U.S. to win 3-2. But then the way he dominated the shootout, scoring on four of his six shoots including the game-winner in the eighth round, perhaps the No. 24 jersey of Beast Mode running back Marshawn Lynch is more appropriate.
“I think you're going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name after that display he put on," David Backes, Oshie's teammate in St. Louis, told reporters after the game. "The kids will be out on the pond probably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row.”
Oshie was among the final selections for the U.S. roster, and though the 27-year-old has never had a 20-goal NHL season, he leads all American-born players with seven shootout goals for the Blues this season.
And, it’s a pretty safe bet that he also leads all the 12th Man in shootout goals scored during the Olympics.