T.J. Oshie Honors Dad in Stanley Cup Victory
Following the Washington Capitals victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in game 5 to win the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals’ players got a chance to skate around the ice with the renowned Stanley Cup. When it became Capitals forward, T.J. Oshie’s turn to hoist the cup he skated around T-Mobile arena with watery eyes and a victorious grin planted on his face. As Oshie handed the trophy off and approached the post-game reporter, he began to explain the emotions surrounding winning one of the most coveted trophy’s in all of sport. He discussed the magnitude of the victory as well as the importance of being able to share this moment with his father. Oshie’s father has been battling Alzheimer’s for the last five years.
“My dad, he doesn't remember a lot of stuff these days,” Oshie said as his voice choked up. “He remembers enough. But I tell you what, he's here tonight. I don't know where he's at, but this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that.”
Oshie’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 but made the trip to Las Vegas to share this moment, that he and T.J. have dreamed of since T.J. laced up his first pair of skates. The opportunity for the Oshie’s to share this moment truly represents the “good” that sports create.