T.J. Oshie is a Stanley Cup champion along with the rest of the Washington Capitals. The player who most of America knows for his shootout heroics at the 2014 Winter Olympics has now reached the domestic pinnacle of his sport.
Oshie’s father, Tim, who is in his 50s, has Alzheimer’s disease. His diagnosis came in 2012, and his hockey-star son has been fighting that battle alongside him ever since.
Oshie and his dad, Tim. Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words. pic.twitter.com/BiGQ1c0EAm— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 8, 2018
His dad’s struggle with Alzheimer’s was ever-present during T.J. Oshie’s final seasons as a St. Louis Blue, and it’s stayed as such since T.J. joined the Capitals in 2015. The team has made accommodations to help Oshie’s father, like bringing both him and Oshie’s father-in-law on a team dads’ trip last winter so he could receive proper support.
There’s the backstory. Here’s T.J. talking about his dad after winning the Cup, while he wondered aloud where his dad was sitting in T-Mobile Arena in Vegas:
TJ Oshie talking about his dad wrecked me pic.twitter.com/2A2hjmx8TE— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 8, 2018
Here’s the transcript of Oshie’s commentary on his dad, which doesn’t capture the tears:
“My dad, oh boy. He doesn’t remember a lot of stuff these days. He remembers enough. But I’ll tell you what. He’s here tonight. I don’t know where he’s at. But this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that.”