When T.J. Oshie broke into the NHL, his role was primarily as the St. Louis Blues' energizer bunny--a relentless worker who made things happen by hustling, hitting people and playing on one of the team's bottom two offensive lines. Since then, Oshie was used his hard-working nature to round out his game, steadily becoming a key offensive contributor--to go along with his relentless puck-pursuing skills--on the team's top offensive live where he usually plays alongside the U.S.'s David Backes and Sweden's Alex Steen.
- Represented the U.S. at both the 2009, 2010 and 2013 IIHF World Championships.
- Played for the U.S. at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
- Played three seasons for the University of North Dakota from 2005-08, where one his teammates was Jonathan Toews, who now plays for the international team (Canada) and NHL team (Chicago Blackhawks) that are Oshie's teams' fiercest rivals.
Things to know:
1. Goes by the first name "T.J.", but his given name is "Timothy Leif".
3. His second cousin, Henry "The Chief" Boucha, won a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 1972, and his first cousin, Gary Sargent, played 402 NHL games from 1975-1983.