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What they’re saying about T.J. Oshie

Feb 15, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

Before the Olympics, the United States’ T.J. Oshie was having the best season of his career with the Blues, but how many people knew the 27-year-old forward’s name outside of St. Louis? With his incredible shootout performance against Russia on Saturday, he’s become the talk of a nation.

VIDEO: Watch OT and the shootout again

We’ve filtered through all that to bring you a collection of what was being said in the aftermath of Oshie’s showing. It seems appropriate to start with how this changes things for him:

Suddenly Oshie became the talk of celebrities and even earned recognition from President Barack Obama:

Not to mention the praise of his peers and former NHL stars:

David Backes, who plays alongside Oshie with St. Louis and Team USA, was even more complimentary outside of the Twitter.

“I think you’re going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name after that display he put on. The kids’ll be out on the pond probably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row. He does a great job for us in St. Louis. That’s part of the reason he’s on this team, along with some of the other things you can’t put on the stat sheet,” Backes said, according to the Associated Press.

And finally, let’s close out with a few funny tweets:


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  1. lowenni - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Here at PHT we knew who he was. Glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves, but real hockey fans have seen this guy rising up to stardom the past few years. Absolutely fantastic player.

    • lowenni - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Watching NBC coverage of Sweden-Latvia and during intermission Dan Patrick was interviewing Oshie…he kept asking him questions about his goals but Oshie kept giving credit to his team for supporting him and his “partner” out there in Quick. So classy and humble. Makes me really proud to be an American.

      • jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Proud to be a Blues fan too. :)

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    That was such an awesome event, 4 for 6 in the shootout. What a great accomplishment for him and USA hockey. Love that one tweet, of Herb and the “again”.! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  3. paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I know the NHL doesn’t like taking a break for the Olympics….but this is really the ONE chance they get to have non-hockey fans to become more interested in the game or for casual fans to become more interested in NHL hockey….plus, for hockey fans, these games are fantastic events.

  4. avscup - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    TJ Sochi!

  5. JoeAvg - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Wasn’t it Oshie who was chosen instead of Bobby Ryan because of his shootout prowess? That move seems brilliant now.

  6. jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    #HEROshie 😏

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM


      • jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Kinda sounds like a Japanese guy….

  7. tlow97 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    @strombone1’s tweet was the greatest.

  8. cajunhockey - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    If I had any Photoshop skills, I’d give the internet a meme with Oshie’s head on Rocky’s, and either Putin’s or Sergei Bobrovsky’s on Ivan Drago.

  9. capsrockva - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Had to listen on the radio and I was pumped during the shoot-out

  10. rabidbillsfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Remember when people were questioning his work ethic, maturity and dedication, like P. Kane? Yeah, not anymore. This is why I love the Olympics. A lot of times, pro-players get a bad rap for being “babies” and “Divas” because of contract squabbles over money that most of us will never make in a lifetime, while they are playing a game. This tournament casts that all aside as players join together and compete for their nation. Nothing will ever match or surpass the respect I have for our military men and women that give their lives to protect what I hold dear, but the athletes that compete are second, in my opinion. Win or Lose, I will always be proud, as should all countries who have athletes competing. Go for Gold. USA!

  11. dontbsuchapuss - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Go USA but its stupid to use the same shooter everytime it worked today but it won’t hold up again.

  12. hibackhand - Feb 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    where can I go on the web to watch highlights? Everywhere I go it’s blocked or unavailable…

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM


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