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The day before Thanksgiving, in a special moment during Caps practice, a tiny Caps fan held up a sign that read All I Want For Christmas Is A TJ Oshie Hockey Stick. Oshie, the kind person that he is, noticed and gave his stick away after practice.
“It helps when it’s a good time,” Oshie said to the media. “It’s Thanksgiving right now. Little man had a sign out there and said what he wanted for Christmas was a signed stick. I only had two out here at the practice rink so I had to practice with it first and then skated over and gave it to him.”
Over the weekend, John Whittington reached out to RMNB. He told us just how excited TJ made his five-year-old son Landon and gave us video of the exchange.
Wednesday, I took my Capitals obsessed son Landon to his first Capitals practice at Kettler. The night before we went he asked if we could make a sign to see if he could get a stick. The sign said “All I Want For Christmas Is a TJ Oshie Hockey Stick”. Throughout the practice he held the sign against the glass and banged every time TJ skated by. At the tail end of the practice, TJ skated over and handed my son the stick. He was so pumped. After a few fist pumps and practice shots we noticed TJ had also signed the blade of the stick.
Landon couldn’t believe it. Then we started getting messages about Oshie’s post practice interview and he was even more thrilled. Landon met TJ at Caps Fanfest this year and became a huge fan, after TJ held a 30-second conversation with him. Landon asked TJ if he liked playing on a line with Tarasenko in St Louis. Landon is obsessed with Ovi and because of that is obsessed with Russian players.
Landon plays hockey two to three hours a day simulating games, player goal celebrations, team sirens, etc. He is a fanatic and loves this game and the Capitals at what I’d call an insane level. He wanted me to tell you guys, “TJ is awesome.”
Now here’s where I’m going to blow your mind. Last year, Alex Ovechkin gave Landon his stick after scoring his goal-of-the-year candidate against New Jersey. This kid is too cute.
Photos: John Whittington
Full disclosure: The Whittingtons are a part of Patrick Holden’s extended family.
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