Warroad legend Henry Boucha revels in Stanley Cup festivities
WARROAD, Minn. -- Henry Boucha couldn’t resist.
After watching T.J. Oshie, his second cousin and Warroad’s first Stanley Cup champion, bring the prized trophy back to the northwest Minnesota town Tuesday morning, the legendary Warrior player had to get in a jab at rival Roseau.
“As the emcee Jess Myers said, it’s the second time the Cup has been here,” Boucha said. “When Buff (Dustin Byfuglien) brought it to Roseau, they had to land the plane in Warroad. That’s got to be a teasing point for the Roseau Rams there.”
Boucha, the 1972 Olympic silver medalist and former NHL player, was full of pride in his hometown Tuesday. Boucha flew from his current home in White Bear Lake, Minn., to be part of Oshie’s Stanley Cup festivities.
“We had Gigi Marvin winning the gold,” Boucha said. “We have T.J. bringing the Stanley Cup. It just goes to show you that small towns can compete and do well outside of the community through hard work and through community efforts. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Marvin Windows, the Marvin family and the community of Warroad for keeping the ice time free here.
“You can see the results. A gold medal and a Stanley Cup. What’s better for a small town, called Hockeytown, than this right here?”
Boucha, who is first cousins with T.J.’s father, Tim, first saw Oshie at Warroad hockey schools when he was little. Oshie would make the trip from his native Washington state to participate.
“He’s always been a competitor,” Boucha said. “When we had hockey schools in the early 90s, T.J. was 4, 5, 6 years old when he did it. You could tell right then that he was going to be a fantastic player.
“When he came to live here in 2002, he fell in love with the game. He got all the ice time he could possibly handle. And look at the result. He’s a Stanley Cup champion.”
Although Boucha and Oshie are second cousins, Boucha said, “we’re really like immediate family. It’s really a treat. He’s like a son to watch and encourage and celebrate with.”