T.J. Oshie wishes he could have brought the Stanley Cup to Grand Forks and Seattle, too
T.J. Oshie said his plans with the Stanley Cup changed a couple of times.
He ended up bringing the famed trophy to Warroad on Tuesday morning and flew back to the Twin Cities for events in the afternoon and evening.
Oshie played prep hockey for three years in Warroad and currently lives in the Twin Cities.
Oshie said he wanted to fit in a trip to Grand Forks and UND, where he played three years of college hockey, but it didn’t work out.
“My plan originally was to come here (to Warroad) in the morning,” Oshie said on Tuesday in Warroad. “I was only going to be here for an hour and a half or two hours if I was lucky. I was going to stop in Grand Forks and then go back to Minneapolis in the afternoon.
“But the team’s not in Grand Forks right now. A lot of the alumni who I’ve invited for the night version part of the day are coming down to Minneapolis. It just made it too hard for the people who wanted to be at The Ralph when I brought it there and wanted to come at night. It kind of freed up some time for us.”
Grand Forks isn’t the only place Oshie also wished he could bring the Cup.
“Seattle,” Oshie said, “where I lived the first 15 years of my life, where I started played hockey. The Seattle Junior Hockey Association would have been really special to bring it there, especially with all the family we have out there.
“I only get 14 hours, so I’m trying to spread the wealth and share it with as many people as I can.”
Oshie shares day with Gersich and Boyd
The Washington Capitals didn’t designate a day with the Stanley Cup for UND’s Shane Gersich and former Minnesota forward Travis Boyd, who both played limited games for the Capitals this season.
So, Oshie decided to share part of his day with the two Twin Cities products.
Gersich and Boyd were able to invite some family members and friends to the private party at night.
Gersich joined the Capitals at the end of his UND season in the spring. He played in five total games for the Capitals, including two playoff games. Boyd played eight regular-season games for the Capitals and one in the playoffs.
“There’s a tight bond there at North Dakota with the way they treat each other and the way it’s a real family-oriented school and team to play for,” Oshie said. “So, it’s going to be great to spend that with (Gersich). We don’t need to mention where Boyd played, but it will be fun to have him along too.”