TJ Oshie was voted into the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in January. The nod was Oshie’s first All-Star appearance of his career. The moment was made even more special due to the fact that this year’s game was held in St. Louis – TJ’s former stomping grounds.
Saturday night, during the Metropolitan Division’s 9-5 loss, Oshie scored his first ever All-Star Game goal, rifling a shot from the top of the circles past Frederik Andersen.
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The goal gave the Metropolitan Division a 3-2 lead late in the first period. Immediately after Oshie scored, he returned to the bench. While there, he noticed something very special in the stands.
“Tim Oshie, TJ’s dad, is here,” Mike Emrick said. “Though he suffers from Alzheimer’s, he’s here watching and TJ scores, he knows, and he waves to him.”
TJ waved back from the bench in a beautiful moment.
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Having his dad in the crowd for the All-Star weekend was something very important to him. Speaking to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, Oshie said, “I don’t want to get in too many details, but there’s certain milestones that I’ve made in my career that I want him to be a part of if he’s able to make it, and this was one of them. He came to St. Louis quite a bit when I played and he has a lot of friends here, a lot of people that treat him really good as well. This was something that I didn’t want him to miss.”
TJ’s dad has had a wonderful time during All-Star weekend. He’s spent time with his grandchildren.
He even got to meet Wayne Gretzky.
“He’s really excited,” Oshie told Gulitti, about his dad’s response to the All-Star Weekend. “When he wakes up in the morning, I don’t think he knows that he’s in St. Louis, but as the day progresses and when he gets to the game, he sees the jerseys out there. He’s got his girlfriend here that is very, very good with him and very good with understanding when he needs a little help remembering where he is or what he’s doing. But I’ve had a bunch of people come up to me and say they thought Coach looked great.”
Tim’s fight with Alzheimer’s has been well documented over the years. TJ spoke about his father’s battle with the disease minutes after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018.
“My Dad’s here in the crowd,” a tearing up Oshie said, when asked what it meant to win it in front of Tim. “He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he doesn’t remember a lot of stuff, but you bet your ass he’s going to remember this one.”
And indeed, Oshie’s father, did not forget the Stanley Cup win the next morning.
“This moment. I knew it was going to stick with him so to hug him down there and to have him touch and hold the Cup was a special moment,” Oshie said on Wayne Gretzky’s podcast in May 2019. “And sure enough, he woke up in Vegas the next morning, he was staying with his sister and my sister. He woke up and the first thing he said when he woke up was ‘we got the Cup.’ So, it was pretty cool experience for me to share with him.”
Here’s hoping he doesn’t forget this night either.
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