Timothy “TJ” Oshie
Born December 23, 1986 (age 24) in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
Center/right wing for the St. Louis Blues
Let’s have another American Man of the Day! Oshie has been playing since his high school days at the awesome-sounding Warroad High in Warroad, Minnesota. He helped rack up some impressive awards even then: two state Class A titles (2003 and 2005), 2005 Associated Press and Pioneer Press All-Star First Team selection, Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist in 2005. He graduated and played with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede for a mere 11 games before being drafted 24th overall by the Blues in 2005. Homegrown talent alert! But he went to college and played with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux for three seasons, again racking up awards: team-leading 24 goals scored as a first-year, nine game-winning goals in a season (school record), playoff run in his second year and a great third year too, although after year three he decided to sign with St. Louis.
He scored his first NHL goal in October 2008 against Detroit and quickly earned the affection of Blues fans. After the end of the season, he got a Goal of the Year award, voted on by fans, for this play against Vancouver.
This past season, he hurt his ankle during a game with Columbus and had to sit out for three months. At the end of March, he also had to sit out two games because he missed practice and went unexcused for it. Reportedly he overslept! Because of the injury, his season was a little abbreviated. He played 49 games, scored 12 goals, got 22 assists and just 15 penalty minutes.
But St. Louis must trust his future ability to use an alarm clock since they gave him a one-year re-sign on June 30, so we’ll see him there in the fall.
In the past, he’s played for America in the 2006 World Juniors and the 2009 and 2010 Worlds. Fun fact: everyone in his family has a first name starting with T: he’s Timothy, his sister is Tawni, his brother is Taylor, his dad is Tim and his mom is Tina.