With the annual dads trip coming up, the Capitals are making special arrangements for T.J. Oshie. The team is allowing both his biological father, Tim Oshie, and his father-in-law, Dave Cosgrove, to come along.
Oshie also says he and everyone else calls his Dad, "Coach." Tim was T.J.'s first coach.— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) January 18, 2017
Tim, whom Oshie calls "Coach," has been battling Alzheimer's disease since at least 2012, according to an in-depth ESPN story published in 2014.
Then playing for the Blues, Oshie described the episodes of disorientation and forgetfulness that led to his dad's diagnosis. He and his family have been open about Tim's Alzheimer's in hopes of raising awareness and letting people know they're not alone.
The father and son due also participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's back in 2014.
TJ Oshie and his dad Tim at Walk to End Alzheimer's at Scottrade pic.twitter.com/B8RbXsC6ju— Art Holliday (@HollidayKSDK) September 6, 2014
"We have nothing right now as far as getting rid of it. With all the medicines and all the doctors in the world, I think it's something that hopefully we'll be able to stop – and get rid of sooner than later," Oshie told ESPN. "So that's why we talk about it, that's why we're open about it. Maybe not soon enough for my dad or for me, if that happens to be the case eventually down the road, but hopefully for my kids and my grandkids."
With Tim needing assistance to accompany his son on the Capitals' road trip, his father-in-law will there to help.
The Caps pride themselves on a family atmosphere, so it's no surprise that the team would welcome an extra dad with open arms.
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