Saturday, February 15, 2014

Geting to know T.J. Oshie

If you had never heard of U.S. men's Olymic hockey player T.J. Oshie before Saturday, don't worry. You're not alone.

That's likely not the case after Oshie's heart-pounding performance on Saturday. Oshie put himself in select U.S. Olympic hockey company with the likes of Herb Brooks and Mike Eruzione after his coming-out party early Saturday in Team USA's 3-2 shootout win over Russia at the Sochi Games.

Oshie scored four times on six attempts, the last five-hole on Russia and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to clinch the dramatic victory. The game wasn't for the gold medal- it was a preliminary game - but it will go down in history nonetheless, as will Oshie.

So let's get to know Oshie, who is playing in his first ever Olympics:

Born: Dec. 23, 1986 in Everett, Wash.

Age: 27

Height, weight: 5-11, 194

NHL team, drafted: St. Louis Blues, No. 24 overall in 2005.

Positions: Center/right wing

Amateur career: Won two state titles in Minnesota for Warroad High School. As a senior, he scored 100 points in 31 games. ... Played three seasons at North Dakota, scoring 142 points.

NHL career: Signed with the Blues on Oct. 22, 2008, after forgoing his final season at North Dakota, and scored 39 points in his rookie season. ... Had a career-high 19 goals for the Blues in 2011-12.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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