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T.J. Oshie doesn’t believe he’s a hero, despite shootout excellence against Russia

Feb 16, 2014, 12:41 AM EDT

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T.J. Oshie put on perhaps one of the most memorable performance in the shootout, on the biggest stage, against a powerhouse team (watch it by clicking here). In the hockey world, he’s being given hero status for scoring four times in the deciding skills competition in a spectacular win against Russia on Saturday.

From his peers in the National Hockey League, to those in the media, to U.S. President Barack Obama, Oshie is receiving plenty of recognition in the social media world.

But he’s no hero. At least he doesn’t believe he is, despite what he did under enormous pressure. To Oshie, the heroes are those putting their lives on the line every day.

“The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me,” said Oshie, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  1. bcsteele - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Class act. Coming from a Blues fan we’ve seen him mature and grow into a true professional. God bless T.J. Oshie, and God bless the USA. May Many more follow his example.

    USA! USA! USA!

  2. LampyB - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Not to discredit oshie hes awesome, but why the hell would anyone bring up the term ‘hero’ with this win?

    Must be an nbc writer trying to draw publicity instead of using creativity to write something interesting.

  3. fusionix7 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    He is a P.R. persons dream for those responses. Let’s not pretend that the true adversary isn’t Canada for the US in these Olympics. I will quote the great Canadian John Candy from ‘Canadian Bacon’ “I’ll tell you a another thing, their beer sucks.” It’s nice to know the US has dominated Canada with the quality of craft beer. Hopefully we can see the US dominate in hockey to similar results. Nobody outside of Canada and Pittsburgh wants to see that donkey smile of Crosby in these Olympics.

  4. balfe13 - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Great response from a great guy. One of my close friends grew up with him; he’s from Stanwood, WA. Which is only about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Canada, by the way. Luckily he was born on this side of the line.

  5. jhaegs - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    NHL has guys like Oshie… NFL has guys like Sherman.

    Point, NHL.

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