T.J. Oshie to have day with Stanley Cup later this month
T.J. Oshie will have his day with the Stanley Cup on July 24.
He’s expected to bring it back to the area, but exact details are not yet available and it is unclear whether there will be enough time for a public event to go along with it.
Oshie, who played high school hockey at Warroad and college hockey at UND, won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last month.
Each player on the winning team is designated one day with the Stanley Cup.
Former UND forward Shane Gersich, who played three regular-season and two playoff games with the Capitals after his junior collegiate season, will join Oshie on the 24th. The day will double as Gersich’s time with the Cup as well.
The Stanley Cup has made several recent visits to Grand Forks courtesy of former UND players.
Ed Belfour brought it to Hyslop Sports Center after he won the trophy with the Dallas Stars in 1999.
Mike Commodore brought it all over town -- the old Ralph Engelstad Arena, the new one, Walsh Hall, Frank White’s sociology class and Judy’s Tavern -- after he won it in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Matt Greene brought it to the Manvel Legion, Darcy’s Cafe, the Red Pepper and Judy’s Tavern after he won it with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014.
The Stanley Cup also recently made a trip to Roseau County when Dustin Byfuglien brought it to his hometown of Roseau after winning it with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
Oshie has been closely tied to this area since moving from Washington state to Warroad in 2002 as a high school sophomore. He helped the Warriors to a pair of Minnesota Class A state titles before moving on to a three-year career at UND. He helped UND get to the NCAA Frozen Four in all three of his collegiate seasons.
Oshie frequently returns to the area in the offseason and even started a Warroad clothing line this season.
A year ago, when the Capitals were in Winnipeg for a regular-season game against the Jets, Oshie and Taylor Chorney rented a car and drove to Grand Forks to drop in on a UND practice.
This season, Oshie and Chorney -- Capitals teammates until Chorney was put on waivers in late February -- were in Denver to play the Avalanche the same weekend that UND was in town to play the Pioneers. They got together with the UND coaching staff the night before their games.
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.