TJ Oshie raises the Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup in Warroad Tuesday

It's TJ Oshie's day, because it's The Cup

July 21, 2018 - 8:59 am

On Tuesday, TJ Oshie brings the Stanley Cup to what many call "Hockeytown, USA."

Long before Oshie helped the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup, he was helping hs beloved Warroad Warriors to a pair of Minnesota high school state championships.

Every member of the team that wins NHL title, including select executives, gets to have the Cup in their possession for one day during the off-season.

And now it's Oshie's turn, and for Warroad, the first time it'll host the NHL's holy grail.

“I plan on heading up to Warroad, Minnesota, where I went to high school, and really, for me, where my hockey career really took off,” Oshie said during an interview on CNBC following the Cap's five-game win over Vegas in the Stanley Cup finals.

A motorcade to The Gardens takes place Tuesday morning, and after more than two hours for fans to get photos and autographs, the Cup and its entourage leaves northern Minnesota for its next stop.

“The love of the sport up there, how easy it is to access ice, it was a very big part of my training and me maturing into a hockey player. So, it’s going to be fun for me to bring it up there.”

The 2005 high school all-state selection and Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist scored eight goals and 21 points in 24 postseason games for the Capitals.

The Cup has been in Minnesota for several days.

It was on display at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis on Saturday, courtesy of Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan.

Dozens came to the park to see Lord Stanley, most wearing hockey jerseys, nearly all getting solo or group shots surrounding the sterling silver trophy.

See the Cup

"Just being able to get to touch it is awesome," said a breathless Erick Klowles, who volunteers with the Herb Brooks Foundation's Rink Rats program, driving kids to hockey rinks. "It's been a dream to see it in person and actually to get to touch it is amazing."

"It's surreal," said fellow volunteer Amy Jaeger. "It doesn't even feel real to me to have touched the cup that so many amazing athletes have touched."

MacLellan is a former standout with the North Stars who lives in Minneapolis during the off-season. 

The Cup made its way to the Iron Range town of Virginia on Sunday. It was Matt Niskanen's day with the trophy.

Niskanen played for the Virginia High School Blue Devils before putting in two seasons at Minnesota-Duluth. 

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