Roenick: "Emotional Moment" With Oshie

T.J. Oshie's emotional interview following Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals was a tribute to his father

Zach Gelb
June 11, 2018 - 2:15 pm

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After the Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history last Thursday, this after beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5, Alex Ovechkin received considerable praise. But so did T.J. Oshie, in part for his emotional postgame interview with NBC and NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick.

Oshie discussed what the win – and the Stanley Cup – meant to his family, especially his father, who is battling Alzheimer’s.

“T.J. is one of the classiest, one of the most stand-up and respectful athletes that I’ve ever known, that I’ve ever interviewed, that I’ve ever had the chance to meet,” Roenick said on The Zach Gelb Show. “He loves his teammates, he loves the game, he respects the fans so much and he cares about his family.”

Roenick, who has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 24 postseason games, choked up while discussing his father.

“He was already America’s boy after what he did in the Olympics a couple years ago in the shootout to beat Russia,” Roenick said of Oshie’s 2014 heroics. “But the way that he played and the way that he battled, to see the emotion when he wins – not only wins his dream, but to talk about the person that has meant the most in his life up until now, barring his wife and children, I think it all came down on him. 

“He’s a very honest and a heartfelt guy,” Roenick continued. ‘There was not much more to say after listening to the reasoning why it was such a special day, and just to hear him say that his dad doesn’t remember much but that he’s going to remember this – take that to the bank, (it was special). I love guys who are passionate, and I love guys who aren’t afraid to show their soft spots and show their love. T.J. Oshie is one of the classiest and biggest competitors in all of sports. It was an emotional moment for sure."