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Oshie is a little shocked he made the U.S. Olympic roster

Jan 1, 2014, 6:37 PM EDT

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For every Olympic snub, there’s a player or two who surprised some by making the United States’ team on Wednesday. St. Louis Blues forward TJ Oshie didn’t deny his bubble status when reacting to the news, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford reports.

“I was in shock a little bit,” Oshie said. “But very happy, very proud to be named to the team. Very, very excited to get to Sochi.”

He’ll join his fellow teammate David Backes, whose inclusion isn’t much of a surprise. Backes shared an amusing anecdote about hoping that he’d hear Oshie’s name during America’s announcements, which went in alphabetical order.

“I saw Orpik and I was trying to figure out the alphabet to see if ‘Os’ was before or after ‘Or,'” Backes said. “Then I saw the 74 coming and I almost jumped out of my chair I was so happy for Osh.”

(Good thing we’re not talking about the United States spelling bee team, huh?)

Overall, there will be three Blues on the U.S. team, as Kevin Shattenkirk accomplished something he “always dreamed of.”

A more recent dream means getting a break from Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, a member of Team Canada’s staff.

“That’ll be a nice little two-week break,” Shattenkirk said. “Poor [Alex Pietrangelo] and [Jay Bouwmeester], they’re going to have to deal with it.”

The smack talk is starting already, but really, how often do you get to send a little your coach’s way?

  1. lowenni - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    And he’s very deserving of it. One of the most underrated players in the game, without a doubt. He can hit, he can pass, he can score, he can skate, and he plays both ends of the rink. He’s a true Blues hockey player, glad to see he’s getting the recognition he deserves.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      a true minnesotan

      • lordfletcher - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        hated his decision of where he played his college hockey at, but that’s about all I can hate on.


        I met him this summer at Zorbas during my buddies bachelor party and Oshie was very cool, and nice enough to take a photo with the groom to be.

        best of luck in Russia, Go USA!

      • badgerhockey77 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Am I missing something here? Oshie went to High School at Warroad…but his bio says he is from Washington. And then, he turned around and went to No Dak! Don’t think he’s a Minnesotan. Just sayin’

      • leprekan - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        He was originally from Washington, but moved to Warroad to play H.S. then played college at UND. A lot of those North MN boys choose to play there. If you played MN H.S hockey then you qualify as a Minnesota product.

    • pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      True, I’m glad I’ve haven’t heard anyone say anything about him making the team because I definitely think he should be a lock.

  2. c9castine - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    excited to have him i know he got picked because he’s a well rounded hockey player i like those.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I had him on my list for players I thought would make it , I don’t know why he’s so shocked

    • brockohol - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      because he is not an NBA/NFL player…who are never shocked when the make great plays or get selected to teams because they know they are awesome and make sure everyone knows it

  4. cash35 - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    TJ Oshie drinking game continues into the Olympics!!!

    Every time TJ falls down, you drink.
    If he falls down while scoring you chug your whole drink.
    Plan on being toasted by the 2nd period.

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