Washington Capitals: New Fan Guide to 2015-2016 (Part 1)

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T.J. Oshie – #77


Position: Right Wing

One of the newest members of the Washington Capitals came to us from the St. Louis Blues this past summer. T.J. Oshie is known by many as being the “hero” for Team USA during the Sochi Olympics when he went to the overtime shootout line FIVE TIMES and put up the game-deciding goal against Russia. While he’s still certainly very effective on the shootout, fans are hoping to finally find a player who will be a good fit playing alongside Backstrom and Ovechkin.

Oshie previously wore #74. He will wear #77 with the Capitals. Originally from Mount Vernon, Washington, Oshie is one of the few USA-born players on the team. Oshie is a Native American who belongs to the Ojibwe Nation.

SEE ALSO: Why Oshie Is A Perfect Fit For The Caps

Oshie had been a very talented forward with his former team. He is most noted for his ability to work free into open ice and maneuver the puck with his superb coordination. He looks to help make our top line more balanced and probably frees up his teammates some from defensive coverage. He’s also a very effective hitter, another reason I think he’ll do well under Trotz.

Oshie got married over the summer and has a little girl named Lyla. When he was traded away from the Blues, many fans in St. Louis were saddened by the news of his departure, but none appeared more distraught than 5-year old fan Libby Lu. T.J. reached out to the little girl’s family via ESPN’s Sportscenter and made her day. The surprise was adorable. While Libby Lu might not be ready to embrace the Washington Capitals just yet, the rest of us are.

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