T.J. Oshie bringing the Stanley Cup to Warroad
The Stanley Cup is headed to Warroad.
T.J. Oshie said Thursday that he will bring the Stanley Cup to the town where he played high school hockey on July 24 -- his personal designated day with the famed trophy.
Members of the Stanley Cup-winning team each get one day with the trophy to do nearly whatever they want. Oshie won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last month.
"I plan on heading up to Warroad, Minnesota, where I went to high school, and really, for me, where my hockey career really took off," Oshie said during an interview on CNBC. "The love of the sport up there, how easy it is to access ice, it was a very big part of my training and me maturing into a hockey player. So, it's going to be fun for me to bring it up there."
There will be a presentation and Cup viewing at The Gardens at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. parade through Warroad’s downtown district.
At 11:30 a.m., Oshie will fly the Stanley Cup to Minneapolis.
"And share it with all the people who helped me get to where I am today," he said.
Former UND forward Shane Gersich, who played three regular-season games and two playoff games with Washington this season, will join Oshie in Minneapolis. That will double as Gersich's time with the Cup.
This will be the second trip to Roseau County for the Stanley Cup.
Dustin Byfuglien brought it to Roseau in 2010 after he won the trophy with the Chicago Blackhawks. The town held a parade down Main Avenue and a ceremony at the arena for Byfuglien.
Oshie moved from Washington state to Warroad before his sophomore year of high school. He led the Warriors to a pair of state championships in the span of three years. Warroad went unbeaten his senior season.
Oshie then moved on to a three-year career at UND, where he helped the college hockey power to three-straight NCAA Frozen Fours.
Oshie was a free agent last season, but opted to stay with Washington.
He had 18 goals and 47 points in 74 games for the Capitals during the regular season. He was especially clutch in the playoffs, where he had eight goals and 21 points in 24 games.