During Sunday’s national telecast between the Capitals and Rangers, Kenny Albert plugged The Road Through Warroad, a documentary which highlights one of the biggest hockey towns in America.
NBC then pointed their cameras at one of Warroad’s most famous former residents, TJ Oshie, sitting on the Caps bench.
Staring. Into Space. Like he was having an existential crisis.
Zooming in really captures the true essence of this.
According to NBC Sports, Warroad, Minnesota, has produced seven Olympians, five NHL players, and over 80 D1 players. Located less than a half hour from the Canadian border and with a population of just under 1,800, Warroad boasts two major indoor ice rinks that offers free ice time to anybody who wants it.
Oshie credits his NHL career due to the small town.
Oshie only lived in Warroad for three years, and he says he hasn’t been back in some time. But he isn’t sure where he would be today without that experience.
“I probably wouldn’t be playing hockey,” he said. “Maybe working somewhere.”
Warroad helped pave a path to his dream job, playing in the NHL. He has become a fan favorite, [and] achieved overnight celebrity at the Sochi Olympics after his one-man shootout display against Russia.
The special airs at midnight tonight, putting a cap to NBC’s Hockey In America Day coverage.
Let’s just hope TJ has snapped out of it by then to watch.
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