BY PETER HAILEY
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Capitals announced that they had acquired Blues right winger T.J. Oshie in a trade. In return, the Caps sent Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to St. Louis.
It's reasonable to expect that over the next few days, Oshie will speak to the D.C. media, allowing both reporters and fans to get to know him a little better. But until that happens, how can we familiarize ourselves with the former Olympic hero?
By going through his Twitter account for about 10 minutes and then using the information we learn to form a really quick and incomplete first impression, of course.
After the news broke, we immediately invaded @OSH74's page to find out what he's all about. Here is what our investigation revealed:
1) Oshie roots for a football team that D.C. fans probably don't want him to root for.
One may think that, since he spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career in St. Louis, Oshie would be a Rams fan. That doesn't appear to be the case, however:
— TJ Oshie (@OSH74) February 2, 2015
The 28-year-old is actually a Seahawks fan. Upon further research, we learned that Oshie is a native of the state of Washington, so his allegiance to Seattle makes sense. However, rooting for a team that has knocked the Redskins out of the playoffs the last three times Washington has made the postseason may be something Oshie has to keep on the 'down-low' now that he's moving to D.C.
2) Oshie's young daughter is absolutely precious.
In the picture above, Oshie's young daughter makes a cameo appearance, but the photo doesn't do her cuteness justice...at all.
Take a look at this picture from Oshie's account of Lyla on her birthday back in March:
— TJ Oshie (@OSH74) March 17, 2015
Or this picture of Lyla as the sweetest darn Easter bunny you'll ever see from Oshie's wife Lauren's Twitter:
— lauren cosgrove (@laurencosgrove3) April 5, 2015
She's a first-liner on the All-Adorable team, that's for sure.
3) Oshie has his own breakfast cereal.
As if cheering for an incredibly successful football team and being the father of an incredibly cute daughter wasn't enough, Oshie also has his own cereal:
— TJ Oshie (@OSH74) January 13, 2015
Seriously? Does this guy live the coolest life ever? Go ahead, click on that link in the tweet, go to the website, and order your own box of OshieO's. Maybe eating them will make your life cooler, too (even though they bear a striking resemblance to Cheerio's that were just put in a box with a hockey player on it).
4) He's more of a retweeter than a tweeter.
Our investigation revealed that Oshie prefers retweeting the thoughts of others than tweeting about his own. Of the last 30 messages on his page, 20 of them are retweets. His favorite types of tweets to retweet include ones about the University of North Dakota's hockey team, who he played for in college, and tweets from his wife and friends that feature pictures of Lyla (duh).
That's all we got from his Twitter, Caps fans. Excuse us as we start perusing the internet to see if we can find an old MySpace.