ARLINGTON, Va. -- A broken collarbone ended T.J. Oshie’s 2018-19 season, but it is not going to affect his return for training camp in 2019. Oshie laid any fears over his health to rest on Monday.
“I'm good,” he said. “Now it's just all getting those muscles built back up as best I can before the season.”
Oshie was on hand at MedStar Capitlas Iceplex on Monday participating in AAA’s Don’t Drive Intoxicated - Don’t Drive Intexticated event in which he helped coach youth hockey players through drills. After skating with the kids, Oshie spoke with the media on his health saying he was fully cleared in July and is expected to be 100 percent for training camp. He even hinted he may have been able to return for the Stanley Cup Final had the team advanced.
Now that there is no fear about whether the injury will limit him, Oshie said his focus has been on building up the muscle in his upper-body he lost while he was out.
“There's a little more emphasis on building muscle up in my shoulders and upper-body because I couldn't do anything really for nine weeks,” Oshie said.
The good news is that the injury and the team’s early playoff dismissal, though not ideal, does come with the benefit of extra rest.
Washington’s deep playoff run and lengthy Cup celebration in 2018 seemed to take its toll in the 2019 playoffs when the team appeared to run out of gas in Game 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes. The relaxed summer has Oshie pining for the start of the season.
“This summer has all been very relaxed,” he said. “I find that you miss it a little bit more when you're like this. Right now I feel like it's time to get going, time for the season to get going whereas before you're almost worn out from traveling all summer. I feel good and I'm excited.”
Unlike most years, Oshie and his family did not spend the majority of the summer in Minnesota. Instead, he elected to remain in the Washington area where he has been working out with John Carlson.
But the summer has gone on long enough and Oshie is ready to get back to the business of hockey.
“I'm ready to roll,” he said. “I can't wait.”
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