Say this about newest Capital T.J. Oshie: From changing uniform numbers and mending broken hearts to rubbing elbows with his new fans and golfing with sports celebrities, the Caps’ 28-year-old right wing sure has packed a lot into the month of July.
And by the end of this week he'll be moved into a new house and married.
Acquired by the Caps from the St. Louis Blues on July 2, Oshie endured flight delays to arrive in Washington on July 10 for a meet and greet the next morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex that drew more than 2,500 fans for Fan Fest. He also helped arrange a care package that he sent to 5-year-old St. Louis Blue fan Libby Lu, whose allegiance seems to be shifting to the nation’s capital.
“That was great of the Caps’ organization to do that,” Oshie told the Nevada Appeal. “They got wind of it and we sent her gifts.”
With Libby Lu’s heart mended, Oshie then caught a flight to Lake Tahoe for this past weekend’s American Century Championship, where he promised CSNwashington.com that he would atone for his dreadful four-putt performance in last year’s event.
He did just that, recording scores of 80 on Friday and Saturday and finishing with a strong 77 score on Sunday on the par-72 course. His 33 points (complete scorecard here) were 13 more than he managed last year and placed him in a tie for 29th place with two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen.
Former major league pitcher Mark Mulder won the event with 82 points.
“Last year was extremely difficult,” Oshie said. “They had me playing with Joe Sakic and Jeremy Roenick, and that made me nervous. They were idols to me. I was keeping Joe’s score, and I told my caddie to tell me what Joe scored because my hands were shaking so much.
“This year was much better. Playing with Steve (Young) and Herm (Edwards) was great. They were really laid back.”
Speaking of Roenick, he also atoned for himself on this catch and run from John Elway during the celebrity classic.
Oshie’s busy month isn’t over yet. This weekend he gets to move into his new house in Minnesota and marry his longtime sweetheart, Lauren Cosgrove, who offers a glimpse into the couple’s wedding plans here.
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