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T. J. Oshie
TJ Oshie
Position Center/right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
NHL Team St. Louis Blues
Born December 23 1986 (1986-12-23) (age 29),
Mt. Vernon, WA, USA
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2008 – present

Timothy "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by St. Louis in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Oshie played high school hockey for Warroad High School in Warroad, Minnesota for three seasons, leading the club to two Minnesota State Class A titles in 2003 and 2005. He made the state's All-Tournament Team all three years. With 100 points (37 goals, 63 assists) in 31 games as a senior, he led all Minnesota high school players in scoring. He was subsequently named to 2005 Associated Press and Pioneer Press All-State First Team and was a Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist.[1] At the completion of his senior season with the Warriors in 2004-05, he joined the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for 11 games. In the off-season, he was selected 24th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Following his draft, he played for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for three seasons.[2] Scoring a team-leading 24 goals as a freshman, he added 21 assists for 45 points total. He additionally set a school record with nine game-winning goals in the season, which also led all NCAA players. He was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and the WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team.[1]

In his sophomore year, he improved to 52 points (17 goals and 35 assists), ranking second in team scoring. He earned Third Team All-WCHA and received the Fighting Sioux's Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award, given to the player who demonstrates hard work, determination, while generating excitement on the ice. Following North Dakota's WCHA playoff run, Oshie led all players with eight points (four goals and four assists) in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, earning NCAA West All-Tournament honors. He played his last season with North Dakota as a junior, recording 45 points in 42 games.[1]

St. Louis BluesEdit

On May 13, 2008, Oshie opted to forego his senior season with the Fighting Sioux and signed with the St. Louis Blues. He scored his first career NHL goal on October 22, 2008, against the Detroit Red Wings. Oshie quickly became a fan favorite due to his fast and energetic style of play. Playing in 57 games, Oshie collected 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points during his rookie year. At the end of the season, he won the NHL's 2008-09 "Goal of the Year" honors, a fan-voted contests on the league's website, for an individual effort against the Vancouver Canucks on March 26, 2009. Receiving the puck in the neutral zone from linemate David Perron, he quickly cut away from the boards causing opposing forward Rick Rypien to fall down. He then deked laterally against defenseman Mattias Öhlund, simultaneously forcing goaltender Roberto Luongo out of his net, leaving a wide-open net that he scored into. The goal tied the game 1-1, leading to an eventual Blues win.[3]

Oshie broke his ankle in wrestling 'scrum' with Samuel Påhlsson during a blowout loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets early in the 2010–11 season, missing three months to the injury. The Blues' management benched Oshie for two games on March 29, 2011 for an unexcused absence from practice, reportedly due to oversleeping.

On June 30, 2011, Oshie was re-signed to a one-year contract for $2.35 million.[4]

International playEdit

Oshie played with the United States national team at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver. Following the Blues' elimination in the 2009 NHL playoffs, he received his first senior national team cap for the 2009 IIHF World Championship. Oshie also competed for the USA in the 2010 IIHF World Championship, scoring 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games.

Personal lifeEdit

Oshie was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, to parents Tim and Tina Oshie. He grew up in Everett, Washington, and has two siblings: a brother Taylor and a sister Tawni.[1] As a teenager, he moved to Warroad, Minnesota, graduating from local Warroad High School in 2005. While attending University of North Dakota, Oshie majored in general studies. [1]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 11 3 2 5 6
2005–06 University of North Dakota NCAA 43 24 21 45 33
2006–07 University of North Dakota NCAA 43 17 35 52 30
2007–08 University of North Dakota NCAA 42 18 27 45 57
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 14 25 39 28 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 18 30 48 36
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 12 22 34 15
NHL totals 182 44 77 121 81 4 0 0 0 2

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marek Schwarz
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Erik Johnson
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