Because it's the cup

Oshie honors father after winning the Stanley Cup

TJ won two state championships with Warroad

June 08, 2018 - 6:37 am

Former Minnesota high school hockey star TJ Oshie reached his sport's pinnacle on Thursday night, and after hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head did not forget the person who was instrumental in his life.

“My dad, oh boy. He doesn't’t remember a lot of stuff these days. He remembers enough," Oshie told NBC Sports, wiping his eyes, his voice cracking with emotion. "But I’ll tell you what. He’s here tonight. I don’t know where he’s at.”

Oshie's father Tim was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012. He was 48 years old at the time.

"Tim was always contacting me, telling me TJ's statistics and his draft status," said WCCO radio's Al Schoch. "He was a PR machine for his son."

Oshie helped the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 Thursday in Nevada to clinch the Stanley Cup, more than a decade after he was a major part of Warroad's Minnesota Class A boy's hockey state championships in 2003 and 2005.

The Caps took the Stanley Cup final series 4 games to 1 over the expansion Golden Knights. When the Caps began taking turns skating a victory lap holding the Cup aloft, Oshie was fifth in line.

Oshie's father was there by his side during those early days with the Warriors. He stayed close when young Timothy starred for three college seasons at North Dakota, then with the St. Louis Blues and US Olympic hockey team before he was traded to the Caps in 2015.

"I’ll tell you what. He’s here tonight. I don’t know where he’s at. This one will stick with him forever," TJ said about Tim. "You can guarantee that.”

TJ found Tim late Thursday, and father embraced son on the T-Mobile Arena ice, and the rest of the Oshie family got together for their first group photo alongside Lord Stanley.

"Oh man, what a feeling to lift that cup," said Oshie. "It's nothing like you could imagine when you're younger, growing up dreaming about it.

"Besides my family, that's one of the best feelings I've ever had."

Oshie had an outstanding performance throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.  He scored seven goals and added 11 assists in 22 postseason games.  Those 18 points were the 11th-most of all players in the postseason.

Oshie and his family moved from Washington state in 2002 to Warroad, where his parents are originally from.