Washington Capitals forward TJ Oshie has an elaborate pregame warmup routine that most rational people might find strange. Oshie usually begins warmups by doing some intense puck juggling. Later he gets an undetermined amount of butt-slashes from Tom Wilson. Finally to leave the ice, Oshie skates full speed towards the tunnel and then does a long jump down the hallway.
Wednesday night, that very leap almost resulted in knocking his head coach, Barry Trotz, unconscious.
Courtesy of @TheWuWu, we can see that Oshie received 13 whacks to his rump.
— Gene Wu (@TheWuWu) February 2, 2017
And thanks to Sportsnet, here’s video of Oshie’s leap. That’s where everything goes very, very wrong.
Oshie runs into the back of Jay Beagle.
After we zoom-in and slow down the footage, you’ll notice Oshie’s stick almost decapitates his head coach, who does a Matrix-like move to duck out of the way.
After the game, Oshie called Trotz’s reaction “embellishment.” The 54-year-old coach responded in jest.
“No, it wasn’t embellishment,” Trotz said after the game. “He did not hit me. I saw the stick coming when he came flying off. It was reaction.”
“I’m not as limber as I used to be so when I lean back real quick or jump out of the way it’s sort of a yard sale,” Trotz joked. “He did not hit me, but when he ran into the player in front of him, I can’t remember who it was, the stick sort of twisted, and it was coming right for my noggin. But if it hit my head, you’ve seen I can take those kind of shots.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 2, 2017
— NHL (@NHL) February 2, 2017
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