Capitals’ T.J. Oshie gives late father the ultimate honor with hat trick vs. Rangers
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie announced the death of his father on Tuesday, and then he followed that up by honoring him with a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Oshie’s father passed away at the age of 56 after dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Tim Oshie was able to see his son win the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018.
Oshie got the scoring started in the emotional game in the second period, and he tallied another goal in that same frame. The Capitals winger finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal to seal the victory. He fought back tears and appreciated all the support from his teammates:
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) May 6, 2021
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette praised Oshie for playing through the emotional pain, per ESPN:
“To go through what he went through and to want to be back here, get with his teammates and play, and to play a game for Coach, and the game that he played, outstanding,” said Laviolette, referring to Oshie and his father, who went by the nickname “Coach.” “It says a lot about him and what he means to this team.”
Teammate Nicklas Backstrom offered up similar sentiments:
“I saw he got emotional there at the end, which was understandable. I felt like he needed a hug,” Backstrom said. “I told him, ‘You are the strongest person I know.’ It’s, first of all, it’s impressive that he actually played today, I think, and how he led the way. We are a family. We are in this together. His loss is everyone’s loss.”
Oshie’s emotional performance came on a night with plenty of drama in New York. The game featured a number of fights, including one at the very start of the game as the tensions from the Tom Wilson saga carried over.
Still, while all that business was ugly, Oshie honoring his father with a hat trick was nice to see. The Capitals also honored Tim Oshie with a helmet sticker during the game.
Washington is currently in a first-place tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Division.